Brian May beats Brit Awards for scrapping gender awards – The Hollywood Reporter

Queen guitarist Brian May denounced the Brit Awards for his decision to scrap gender-based categories, describing the “terrifying” move as “a decision made without enough thought.”

Earlier this week, the British scrapped four awards – male solo artist, female solo artist, international male solo artist and international female solo artist – in favor of two gender-neutral categories – artist of the year and international artist of the year. Organizers said the change was to reward artists “just for their music and work, rather than how they choose to identify themselves or as others may see them” and was part of the event’s “commitment to the show as inclusive and relevant as possible.”

Speak with the mirror newspaper at ITV’s Palooza event in London on 23 November, May targeted the organizers of the UK’s biggest music awards for giving the wakeful culture as he saw it, even suggesting that Queen, and even the late Freddie Mercury, are struggling would have had in the current climate.

“It’s a decision that was made without much thought. A lot of things work quite well and can be left alone,” May said.

“I get so sick of people trying to change things without thinking about the long-term consequences,” he added. “Some of these things are an improvement, some are not.”

Referring to the cancellation culture, May said there was “an atmosphere of fear everywhere because people are afraid to say what they really think,” before adding, “I think so many people feel like, ‘Wait a minute, this is right. not quite.” But they don’t dare say anything. Eventually there will be some kind of explosion.”

The veteran rocker also spoke at length about his former bandmate Freddie Mercury and how the band would struggle to be relevant today due to their lack of diversity and that such things shouldn’t matter. “Freddie was from Zanzibar, he wasn’t British, he wasn’t white as such – nobody cares, nobody ever talked about it,” May said.

“He was a musician, he was our friend, he was our brother. We didn’t have to stop and think, ‘Ooh, should we work with him now? Is he the right color? Does he have the right sexual inclination?’ None of that happened, and now I find it frightening that you have to be so calculating about everything.”

He added: “[Queen] would be forced to have people of different colors and different genders and we should have a trans [person]. You know life doesn’t have to be like this. We can be separate and different.”

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