Justin Trudeau’s team has hit back at critics after a video surfaced of him singing during a visit to Bohemian Rhapsody London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Prime Minister of Canada belted out a rendition of the famous Queen tune two days before the state service at Westminster Abbey.
In a 14-second clip, which has been viewed more than 1.7 million times, he can be heard singing “easy come, easy go, little high, little low” alongside Canadian pianist Gregory Charles.
The sing-alongs at The Corinthia Hotel seemed harmless to many – but the Prime Minister was soon faced with claims he had behaved inappropriately during Britain’s period of mourning.
“Embarrassing can’t even begin to describe it. Yes, sometimes you have to let off steam. No, there is no evidence he was drunk,” Andrew Coyne, columnist at the Globe and Mail, wrote on Twitter.
“But come on – he’s the Prime Minister, in a public place, on the eve of the Queen’s funeral. And how does he behave?’
Author Keean Bexte added, “It’s not deep forgery, it’s one of the most embarrassing Trudeau moments yet.”
Vivian Bercovici, a former Canadian Ambassador to Israel, wrote: “He is the Canadian Prime Minister representing Canada at a week of mourning for the Queen. Our head of state. This isn’t about Justin. But he should grow up.’
But others slammed the “manufactured outrage” and said they couldn’t understand what the fuss was about.
Music journalist Adam Feibel quipped, “I don’t think Justin Trudeau singing Bohemian Rhapsody was disrespectful to the Queen, but I know enough about karaoke to assume it was disrespectful to the Queen.”
Toronto Sun journalist Brian Lilley added that the PM sang “a little queen… for the queen…”.
“Actually, I love a good piano bar. I haven’t gone to one since before COVID, this reminds me to visit one near me,” he said.
Musician Mr Charles later told the Globe and Mail newspaper that the evening reminded him of Caribbean funerals, “a mixture of somber moments of respect with those who celebrate life and share stories”.
After being forced to address the video, a spokesperson for Mr Trudeau indicated that he had “participated in various activities” to pay his respects to the late British monarch in England.
“After dinner on Saturday, [the] The Prime Minister attended a small gathering with members of the Canadian delegation who have come together to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s life and service,” they added.
“Gregory Charles, a renowned Quebec musician and recipient of the Order of Canada, was playing the piano in the hotel lobby, leading to several members of the delegation, including the Prime Minister, arriving.”
Mr Trudeau previously paid tribute to Her Majesty, saying she was “one of my favorite people in the world”.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/09/20/justin-trudeau-defends-singing-bohemian-rhapsody-before-queens-funeral-17420414/ Justin Trudeau defends Bohemian Rhapsody's singing ahead of Queen's funeral