Queen Guitarist, Brian May criticizes today’s woke culture and said that it would have been difficult for Freddie Mercury. He said that if the Legendary Band still existed today, they would be forced to add a trans musician, a musician of color, or a musician of different sex. He added that people should be able to be “separate and different.”
Freddie Mercury died in 1991 after contacting AIDS. He was just 45 years old. May’s comments came amidst him criticizing the BRIT Awards for removing gender-specific awards categories. While speaking to The Mirror, Brian May went into how things have changed and how they would change Queen if they were around today.
Brian added “Freddie Mercury came from Zanzibar, he wasn’t British, he wasn’t white as such, nobody cares, nobody ever, ever discussed it,” May told The Mirror. “He was a musician, he was our friend, he was our brother. We didn’t have to stop and think: Ooh, now, should we work with him? Is he the right color? Is he the right sexual proclivity? None of that happened, and now I find it frightening that you have to be so calculating about everything.”
He continued: “We would be forced to have people of different colors and different sexes and we would have to have a trans person. You know life doesn’t have to be like that. We can be separate and different.”
Adele and Ed Sheeran are likely to go head-to-head at February’s ceremony. Critics are arguing over the fact that female singers can be overlooked as they have been at previously male-dominated awards. Attending ITV’s Palooza at the Royal Festival Hall with his wife Anita Dobson, Brian said: “It’s a decision that has been made without enough thought.”
The BRIT Awards will be replacing the best male and female solo artists with artist of the year. Queen will be continuing their Rhapsody tour on May 27th, 2022.