Queen’s Brian May issued an apology tonight after showing to defend Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer in an Instagram remark. After a fan commented yesterday telling May to unfollow Singer on Instagram, May responded, “You need to look after your own business and stop telling me what to do. And you need to learn to respect the fact that a man or woman is innocent until proven guilty.” Find a screenshot of the remark beneath.
May’s remark was posted the identical day The Atlantic shared 4 males’s accusations of sexual misconduct in opposition to Singer. The incidents allegedly occurred when the boys have been minors. The director had beforehand been sued in 2017 for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor. Singer has denied all allegations.
Tonight, May supplied a public apology, which was addressed to the lady who acquired his preliminary remark. “My response was a result of my perception that someone was telling me what to do,” he wrote. “I now realise that I was completely wrong in thinking that. You were actually just trying to protect me, for which I thank you. I am mortified to discover the effect my words produced. I had no idea that saying someone was innocent until proven guilty could be interpreted as ‘defending’ Bryan Singer. I had absolutely no intention of doing that.” He continued:
I assume I have to be naive, as a result of additionally it had by no means occurred to me that ‘following’ an individual on Instagram may very well be interpreted as approving of that individual. The solely purpose I adopted Bryan Singer was that we have been working with him on a challenge. That scenario got here to an finish when Mr Singer was sacked in the course of the capturing of the movie, however I suppose unfollowing him by no means occurred to me as a necessity. Now, due to this misunderstanding, I’ve unfollowed. I’m so sorry. This should have precipitated you a variety of upset. I want I may take the remark again, however all I can do is apologise, and hope that my apology will start to make amends. Sadly, that is all very public, however since I snapped at you in public, it’s solely becoming that I ought to apologise in public.
Bohemian Rhapsody had its nomination for Outstanding Film—Wide Release withdrawn from this year’s GLAAD Media Awards because of the allegations in opposition to Singer. Time’s Up additionally launched an announcement condemning Singer. Though Singer was fired from the movie in 2017 after production delays, he’s nonetheless formally credited because the movie’s director.