“I feel very uncomfortable about some of the decisions that are being made, often out of fear," stated the Queen guitarist. “Because people are so afraid of being called out. It is a horrible atmosphere."
May's response comes, at least in part, due to the decision recently made, eliminating all gender-specific categories from the BRIT awards, and making them all completely gender-neutral. The iconic guitarist, who is now 74 years old, won four of these awards himself.
In a scathing interview, the guitarist branded the decision “ill-thought-out” and claimed it was a “knee-jerk reaction” to “woke cancel culture”.
According to the Sun, the nature of the awards was radically changed following the exclusion of Sam Smith, who identifies as being a non-binary person, from the awards, simply because there were no appropriate categories in which the singer could fit.
But some lists of nominees from recent years appear to show a male bias — and there are now fears that more women will miss out as a result of the changes.
"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."
"I would like to see a lot more care taken to make sure we don’t just jump on people and accuse them of this and that."
"What matters is justice and equality of opportunity, no matter who you are, and that is actually not happening at the moment as everyone is jumping to conclusions and everyone is scared of doing the wrong thing." "I do find it very uncomfortable. I don’t think things are going very well, I have to say."
Piers Morgan was one of the many other critics who blasted the Brits’ announcement on Monday, branding it “a load of woke garbage.”
And Malcolm Clark, from the LGB Alliance charity which advocates for gay people, said: “There does not appear to have been a consultation about whether the public, LGB or straight, want this.”
The Brits said in a statement on Monday that abolishing female and male categories would make the show “as inclusive and as relevant as possible."