Brian May has slammed the BRITs over the ‘woke’ decision to remove gendered categories from the 2022 event.
The lead guitarist of Queen said he believes it was made ‘without a lot of thought’ and claimed it has left him ‘very uncomfortable’.
He told The Sun: “I feel very uncomfortable about some of the decisions that are being made, often out of fear because people are so afraid of being called out.
“It is a horrible atmosphere.
“I get so sick of people trying to change things without thinking of the long-term consequences, some of these things are improvements and some are not.
“Some of them are depriving people.”
Speaking at the ITV Palooza, May said he also believes Queen wouldn’t be diverse enough in today’s society.
The 74-year-old said: “I am sure if Queen started now we would be forced to have people of different colours and different sexes and a trans [person], but life doesn’t have to be like that.
“We can be separate and different.
“Our generation made a lot of bad mistakes but not everybody in our generation was wrong and not everybody in this generation is right.”
The decision to axe gendered awards has been blasted on social media, with some fans threatening to boycott the ceremony.
However, the chair of the BRITs, Tom March, defended the decision, saying: “It is important that the BRITs continue to evolve and aim to be as inclusive as possible.
“It feels completely the right time to celebrate the achievements of artists for the music that they create, and the work that they do, irrespective of gender.”
The ceremony will take place next February.
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