Brian may shot against political correctness and the “terrifying” decision of the BRIT Awards, the annual awards of the British Phonographic Industry, to eliminate the division of the categories by gender.
“I get tired of people trying to change things without thinking about the long-term consequences. Some of these things are an improvement, some of them are not,” said the Queen guitarist.
A radical change
This week, the BRIT organization announced details of its 2022 ceremony, which will take place on February 8. The main news is that the Artist of the Year and International Artist of the Year awards replace the traditional categories that discriminated between male artists and female artists in previous editions.
Adam Lambert and Brian May: the new Queen. AP Photo
As early as 2019 it had been reported that the BRIT planned to remove its gender categories, in an attempt to include non-binary artists. According to the official statement, in this way these awards, which are held every February, try to “evolve” and change along with the music industry.
The organization reported that “celebrate artists solely for their music and work, and not by how they choose to identify themselves or how they are perceived by others. “For his part, Geoff Taylor, CEO of the Brit Awards, explained that” the Brit Awards are not just a celebration of British music, they are also a reflection of British culture “.
The controversy with Sam Smith
This decision comes after in the last edition, the singer Sam Smith – winner of three BRITs in the past – was excluded from the categories with gender after having declared himself non-binary. As a result, he criticized the organization for “dividing and not unifying.”
Sam Smith was banned from the Brit Awards in the past for declaring himself non-binary. Reuters photo
In statements to the newspaper The Mirror, Brian May criticized the measure: “It is a decision that was made without thinking enough. Many things work quite well and can be left that way. “
The Queen guitarist added that there is a “scary atmosphere everywhere because people are afraid to say how they really think. “And he pointed out:” I think many people feel that this is not quite right. But he dares not say anything. In the end there will be some kind of explosion. “
What would Freddie Mercury have thought?
In another part of the interview, May quoted Freddie Mercury, noting that the singer would have found this cultural moment “difficult” where ethnic and gender diversity is the main value to take into account.
Freddie Mercury, the singer of Queen.
“For example, Freddie came from Zanzibar. He wasn’t British, he wasn’t white as such, but nobody cared, nobody ever argued about it. He was a musician, he was our friend, he was our brother. We didn’t have to stop and think, ‘Now, should we work with him? Is it the correct color? Do you have the correct sexual inclination? None of that happened, and now it scares me that we have to be so calculating about everything. “
Against the culture of cancellation
May, 74, added that she believes Queen would not have been considered a diverse enough band today enough to win the four BRIT awards it has won in its history: “We would be forced to have people of different colors and sexes and we would have to have a trans. Life doesn’t have to be this way. We can be separate and different. “
And I add: “I’m worried about the culture of cancellation. I think some of it is good, but it also brings bad things and injustices. Many people in our generation who are being singled out actually did a lot of good in their lives. We thought in a different way, but it wasn’t necessarily worse. “And he closed by saying that he prays” for greater understanding. “
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