Brian May Addresses Controversial Comments Made About Trans People: ‘My Words Were Subtly Twisted’

‘My heart is open as always to humans of all colours, all creeds, all sexes and sexualities, all shapes and sizes – and all creatures’
Brian May
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 16: Brian May of Queen attends the press conference ahead of the Rhapsody Tour at Conrad Hotel on January 16, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. The band Queen is in Seoul for their Asian leg of 'Rhapsody' tour, and is scheduled to perform on January 16 and 18 joined by Adam Lambert. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Brian May addressed the controversial comments he made about transgender people in a recent interview, stating that his “words were subtly twisted.”

“Yes – I was ambushed and completely stitched up by a journalist at the recent ITV event. And it’s led to a whole mess of press stories making it look like I’m unfriendly to trans people,”  the Queen guitarist wrote in a statement on Instagram. “Nothing could be further from the truth. My words were subtly twisted. I should have known better than to talk to those predatory Press hacks.”

“Sincere apologies to anyone who has been hurt by the stories,” he continued. “My heart is open as always to humans of all colours, all creeds, all sexes and sexualities, all shapes and sizes – and all creatures. We all deserve respect and an equal place in this world. And my grateful thanks to all of you who stepped up to defend me in the last couple of days. It means so much that you have faith in me.”

During the interview, Brian May discussed his concerns about “cancel culture” and said that Queen wouldn’t fare well if it was just starting out today. “We would be forced to have people of different colors and different sexes and we would have to have a trans [person],” he was quoted as saying. ‘You know life doesn’t have to be like that. We can be separate and different.”

See his Instagram post below.

 

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