Freddie Mercury ‘wouldn’t have fitted in’ with ‘woke’ modern world, claims Brian May

GMB: Brian May remembers Freddie Mercury's final days

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Queen guitarist Brian May described how Freddie Mercury would “not have fitted” into modern society thanks to his “outspoken” personality. This is not the first time the star has spoken out against “woke culture”. 

Brian, 74, was asked in an interview what he thought Freddie would have made of the modern world. 

The question came off the back of a wider conversation surrounding cancel culture and the instant gratification of social media. 

He said: “I don’t find it easy living in this world today. I think Freddie would have been the same.”

The star went on to explain: “Freddie was very outspoken and, in common with [astronomer] Patrick Moore who was a very good friend of mine from a previous generation, the kind of way that people spoke in those days is not allowed these days.”

Sir Patrick Moore was an English amateur astronomer who attained prominence in that field as a writer, researcher and commentator, even going on to host BBC’s The Sky at Night, which was the world’s longest-running television series with the same original presenter.

In his interview with The Telegraph, Brian continued to explain that, while he encourages people to be respectful to one another, he doesn’t believe in silencing opinions. 

“I don’t fit in very well and I don’t think Freddie would have fitted,” he stated. 

“Patrick Moore wouldn’t have lasted five minutes.”

This is not the first time Brian has blasted today’s woke culture, admitting his former band member Freddie, who died of AIDS in 1991 aged 45, would have found PC culture “difficult”.

In a recent interview with The Mirror, Brian wondered where society’s road of “wokedom” was leading. 

“I think so many people are feeling, ‘Hang on, this isn’t quite right.’ But they don’t dare say anything,” he continued. 

“Eventually, there will be some kind of explosion. For instance, Freddie came from Zanzibar, he wasn’t British, he wasn’t white as such – nobody cares, nobody ever, ever discussed it.

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“He was a musician, he was our friend, he was our brother.

“We didn’t have to stop and think: ‘Ooh, now, should we work with him?

“‘Is he the right colour? Is he the right sexual proclivity?’

“None of that happened, and now I find it frightening that you have to be so calculating about everything.”

Brian also told The Sun earlier this week: “I worry about cancel culture. I think some of it is good but it also brings bad things and injustices. 

“We think in different ways but they weren’t necessarily worse ways.

“For instance, Freddie wasn’t white but nobody cared. He was a musician. He was our friend, our brother,” he continued. 

“We didn’t have to stop and think, ‘Oh should we work with him? Is he the right colour or the right sex?’ 

“It’s frightening that people have to be so calculated about things. To me it is dangerous.”

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