Queen guitarist Brian May upset over passport official mocking him for his gray hair at airport
The guitarist complained that an airport guard looked at his passport picture and said: 'Oh, but the man in this picture has black hair — doesn’t look anything like you'
Queen guitarist Brian May is clearly unhappy. The star said his photo on his passport has led to ageism by border officials since it was taken before his dark curly hair turned gray. According to a report by Daily Mail, he complained that one airport guard looked at his passport picture and at the singer and said, "Oh, but the man in this picture has black hair — doesn’t look anything like you."
"He added a little snigger as if he was pleased with his powers of observation and wittiness." In response, May retorted, "It happens to us all — it will even happen to you if you're lucky."
May added that there was some serious truth. "We are all massively conscious that we mustn't behave or speak in ways that are sexist, or racist... but ageism is alive and well." At 71, it looks like the singer is getting a tad bit sensitive.
Apart from the incident, May has been actively supporting animal rights and climate change. His most extensive campaign was over protests on the 2003 fox-hunting ban. In 2010, he slammed David Parsons, the Tory councilor as a "pathetic, arrogant, sniveling little dweeb" after the leader of Leicestershire County Council hit out at the star for launching an anti-hunting campaign.
Fans also "swooned" over the 'We Will Rock You' hitmaker when he revealed he had devoted his back garden to rehabilitating hedgehogs. More recently he proudly showcased a new pair of vegan shoes made by Yatay to fans on Instagram. He even asked his fans to join him in buying vegan shoes as well, saying, "Remember! You don't have to be a Vegan to eat vegan food. Or buy vegan stuff."
"But every time you invest in vegan merchandise you invest in the health of the planet and the animals that live on it, including ourselves. And you don't have to make any more excuses," he stressed.
May explained that he was "fed up" of trying to explain that as an animal campaigner it wouldn't be right to "wear animal skins on his feet". He will be part of the Queen world tour in 2020.