Queen guitarist Brian May slammed the BRIT Awards over their decision to scrap gendered categories, describing the “frightening” move as “a decision that has been made without enough thought.”
May’s sharp criticism comes after the BRITs scrapped the male solo artist, female solo artist, international male solo artist and international female solo artist categories and introduced two gender-neutral categories — artist of the year and international artist of the year.
The BRITs explained the change was to reward artists “solely for their music and work, rather than how they choose to identify or as others may see them” and was part of the event’s “commitment to evolving the show to be as inclusive and as relevant as possible.”
The decision to change the BRIT Awards’ system came after non-binary singer Sam Smith criticized the awards for a lack of inclusivity.
During ITV‘s Palooza event in London on November 23, May told The Mirror that the decision has been made without enougth thought. “A lot of things work quite well and can be left alone,” he said.
“I get so sick of people trying to change things without thinking of the long-term consequences,” he added. “Some of these things are an improvement, some of them are not.”
May felt there was an “atmosphere of fear everywhere because people are afraid to say how they really think,” adding, “I think so many people are feeling, ‘Hang on, this isn’t quite right.’ But they don’t dare say anything. Eventually, there will be some kind of explosion.”
He added: “[Queen] 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.”
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