Brian May slams cameraman

2020-02-12 by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR | 43 Comments
Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May lost control over a news cameraman outside Brisbane airport, Australia. The accident occurred when May was signing autographs for a small group of fans, feeling uncomfortable about the cameraman's presence, saying "You've gotta stop that because I ain't doing this." Given the cameraman's persistence, May added: "Excuse me, I said no. All right, is this going to get ugly? Because you put it down now or else something ugly happens. Do you understand? You stop now. I'm serious, I'm deadly serious."

You can check the footage here:



Later on, through Instagram, May gave his side of the story:

"First of all THANKS to so many of you folks who managed to find a way to send me supportive messages while I've been s quietly trying to work my way through the feelings generated by the incident that happened at Brisbane Airport, just moments after I landed in Australia.

"No – I'm not all right. But I will be. It certainly ruined my day, and if that's what you wanted, Channel 7, then you got it.

"There's a fine line between anger and depression, and I've been struggling with all of that since I got ambushed and harrassed by a TV News team, fresh off the plane from New Zealand. Now, obviously I'm not a novice at this … I've interacted with literally thousands of news reporters, photographers and cameramen over the last 50 years. I'm not exactly known for being aggressive, even in the face of provocation, but this guy caught me unawares – one of the rudest and most disrespectful video cameramen I've ever encountered.

"As we drove out of the airport, I noticed a small group of young kids with QUEEN albums, waving a welcome. I find it hard to just drive by in a case like this. Yes, they could have been pesky e-bay hounds just looking to make a quick buck, but these guys looked like very genuine fans. This stuff still matters to me. So we stopped the car and I got out to sign their QUEEN material, and they kindly gave me gifts of typically Australian goodies. Lovely. Pressed up against the kids was a guy with a huge TV camera. I'd noticed him, obviously, but I had no idea who he was – whether he was part of the party of kids, or a third party. I just let him film for the few moments I was signing the albums. But these kids were clearly very moved by the meeting, and I felt they deserved to have a few moments NOT being filmed for public sharing. So, in the nicest possible way, I turned to the cameraman and asked if he'd stop filming, now he'd got his story, and give us some private moments. He refused. He kept on filming, and aggressively turned the camera close-up on my face. That, to me, felt like deliberate invasion of my space, and downright unfriendly. At that moment, everything changed.

"I asked the cameraman at least two more times to put the camera down, and so did the kids. One of them said 'I've waited half my life to meet Brian and I don't want it to be spoilt by you'. The guy carried on filming, and then I told him firmly to put the camera away, or else this would turn into an ugly incident. Finally, he pointed the camera upwards, and it was fairly obvious it was still turned on, recording sound. Now it takes quite a lot to get me rattled, but I was beginning to boil. Everyone has a tipping point, I think ? I carried on talking to the kids, trying to ignore the invasive presence, but he then pulled out his iPhone and began to film us with that. That was the final straw for me. I headed towards him with the intention of temporarily separating him from his phone, and actually put a hand on it, before my security guy gently dissuaded me. And then I realised I had walked straight into a trap. The guy now had what he wanted. He could cook this up into a story in which I was portrayed as an attacker on an innocent victim of a newsman. He possessed the only footage of the incident, so he or his bosses could edit it any way they wanted, to make me look like I lost my rag for no reason. And that, predictably, is exactly what Channel 7 did. They could have run a story about how we'd come over preparing to do our bit for Fire Fight Australia next week, or about the upcoming massively sold-out show in Brisbane, or even about how we'd had a nice welcome from some fans at the airport. But no … they ran the 'story' with a smug introduction about Brian May 'attacking' a cameraman, followed by a cunningly edited version of the footage he'd shot, in which I come across as an aggressor.

"I regret getting angry, but angry I was, under what I regard as severe provocation, and to me the behaviour of the camera guy and the Channel 7 News Team is shabby and shameful. I'd like an apology from them all, but of course the chances of that are small. I don't know whether it was all a set-up from the beginning – maybe so – or whether he just deliberately acted like an arse to create a story, but either way, I've had a struggle not to feel abused and unwelcome. I'm sensible enough to know the vast majority of folks here are not in any way like this.

"I spent the afternoon today with my cousins, naturalised Aussies for the last 45 years, and felt massive warmth. And lots of you figured out how shitty I must be feeling and reached out to me … I'm eternally grateful. I've always loved Queensland, and that will never change … had some of the best times of my life on the Barrier Reef, and cried buckets seeing the tragedy of the Koalas and Kangaroos in the recent fires.

"Tonight I still feel bruised, but finally being able to write this is a kind of therapy. I had to make my side of the story known. Being disrespected so publicly takes a little while to get over. But now it's over. And tomorrow morning I will get up and do my preparations, with intent to give one of the best performances of my life, fuelled by new lessons learned, and a determination to make the best out of all this. And a detrmination to give our wonderful fans in Brisbane the best night of their lives !!! See ya there!"

Bri

"P.S. I'm in touch with Cooper Simmons, the young lad you see in the photo. Both he and his parents have been very supportive, and highly critical of Channel 7's behaviour. But I haven't been able to trace the other fans … send me message if your read this, guys."

Queen will play at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium next Thursday, followed by two dates in Melbourne and one in Perth on February 23rd.

For more detailed information:
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/queen-guitarist-brian-may-lashes-out-at-cameraman-is-this-going-to-get-ugly-video/

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2020
14867 Comments


If I were a celebrity and had enough money to pay huge legal costs, I'd lose patience too.

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GhandhiLion
February 12th 2020
9405 Comments


Excuse me, I said no. All right, is this going to get ugly? Because you put it down now or else something ugly happens. Do you understand? You stop now. I'm serious, I'm deadly serious


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sharkmsc
February 12th 2020
317 Comments


Hmm I believe his account. Partially recorded incidents are always full of he-said and she-said. That's when you start a recording of your own, but in moments like this you can't think everything through

Sinternet
February 12th 2020
22990 Comments


if there's one thing that unites everyone it's that news journalism is full of parasitic cockroaches

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Storm In A Teacup
February 12th 2020
28029 Comments


what a story scout

WatchItExplode
February 12th 2020
8281 Comments


Shoulda gave him the ol' Brian May curb stomp.

GhandhiLion
February 12th 2020
9405 Comments


Excuse me, I said no. All right, is this going to get ugly? Because you put it down now or else something ugly happens. Do you understand? You stop now. I'm serious, I'm deadly serious

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2020
14867 Comments


John Wick couldn't have said it better

Storm In A Teacup
February 12th 2020
28029 Comments


But he would have done it better.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 12th 2020
58916 Comments


Should be completely legal to break these peoples cameras over their faces

Storm In A Teacup
February 12th 2020
28029 Comments


I'm not sure that's a bi-partisan issue.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 12th 2020
58916 Comments


you don't need to hyphenate bipartisan

Sinternet
February 12th 2020
22990 Comments


bi-felicia

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 12th 2020
58916 Comments


Now bifelicia doesnt work quite the same

Storm In A Teacup
February 12th 2020
28029 Comments


Well maybe we should hyphenate bipartisan because there only seems to be division when they talk about that subject.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 12th 2020
58916 Comments


Well then it would make more sense if it was bi÷partisan now wouldnt it

Storm In A Teacup
February 12th 2020
28029 Comments


Division symbols are ugly. It's like a pencil dick with two small tits on the side.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2020
28614 Comments


bi x partisan
twice as many partisans
*pukes*

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Storm In A Teacup
February 12th 2020
28029 Comments


Getting really bi in here...

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2020
28614 Comments


partisan backwards is nasi trap *galaxy brain intensifies*

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 12th 2020
58916 Comments


BRUH

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2020
28614 Comments


R U A NASI, POTS?!

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2020
14867 Comments


The interesting thing about this is that a parasite (no offense to real journalists) will most likely come out of this loaded.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2020
28614 Comments


If that keeps them away from fieldwork, I guess worse things could happen

parksungjoon
February 12th 2020
21676 Comments


perhaps

Pikazilla
February 12th 2020
11961 Comments


doubt

sharkmsc
February 12th 2020
317 Comments


"Shoulda given him the ol' Brian May curbstomp"
Oh I read "slams cameraman" entirely different from what occurred

FadedSun
February 12th 2020
2263 Comments


I thought it said Brian May slays cameraman. I was like, damn that's dark.

parksungjoon
February 12th 2020
21676 Comments


Brian May slags cameraman.

tigersbrokefree
February 12th 2020
279 Comments


Everyone enjoys watching paparazzi get their comeuppance.

It's bipartisan when it comes to actual journalism. Shame profiteering corporate news channels have smeared actual journalism, intentionally so.

bloc
February 13th 2020
62832 Comments


I feel like that "YOU GO AWAY NOW" should be a reaction gif or meme or whatever kids call it lol

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TheGreatQ
February 13th 2020
2951 Comments


Brian May shags cameraman.


ConcubinaryCode
February 13th 2020
5443 Comments


Damn, it wasn't the slam I was expecting. Imagine this Boi choke slamming somebody through a table.

botulist
February 13th 2020
529 Comments


his last name implies consent.

botulist
February 13th 2020
529 Comments


if his name was Brian Oh No You Didn't, this insurmountable tragedy would have never happened.

garas
February 13th 2020
4930 Comments


I hoped May was extraordinary stupid, but both of them were. Boooooring.

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sharkmsc
February 13th 2020
317 Comments


It must be exhausting to have a name that constantly causes sentences to be grammatically incorrect

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 13th 2020
58916 Comments


"I hoped May was extraordinary stupid"



Relinquished
February 13th 2020
45310 Comments


a PhD in astrophysics is like a black belt so he was prepared for this

zakalwe
February 13th 2020
31599 Comments


Anita Dobson would smash fuck out the lot of ‘em

Darius The Imposter
February 14th 2020
22479 Comments


yeah im on mays side camera guy was a douche

ItsTheSquirrel
February 14th 2020
453 Comments


camera guy was an asshole but come on guys that rant May gave was so overdramatic

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parksungjoon
February 14th 2020
21676 Comments


Excuse me, I said no. All right, is this going to get ugly? Because you put it down now or else something ugly happens. Do you understand? You stop now. I'm serious, I'm deadly serious



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