Video Of Justin Trudeau Singing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' While In London For Queen's Funeral Sparks Debate
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was criticized after video showed him singing rock band Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in London just a short 10 minute walk from where the late Queen Elizabeth II was lying in state.
The footage shows Trudeau harmonizing with renowned Québécois pianist Gregory Charles while singing a few bars from one of the most famous rock songs of all time.
A spokesman for Trudeau confirmed he had indeed sung with Charles at the Corinthia Hotel, located about 800 meters from where the late Queen—who died September 8 at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne—was being visited by thousands of mourners.
You can see the distance here:
Footage of Trudeau singing can be seen below.
\u201cNew: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's spokesman confirms he sang Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody with renowned Quebec pianist Gregory Charles on Saturday night.\n\nThis is the Corinthia Hotel - a few hundred metres from where the Queen was lying in state. Causing some disqueiet back home.\u201d— Tom Witherow (@Tom Witherow) 1663596195
Charles told The Globe and Mail Trudeau and his group sang with him for about two hours and they'd all had "a lot of fun." He said the experience reminded him of Caribbean funerals, which are as much a celebration of life as they are a commemoration of death.
However, some Canadian commentators called Trudeau's singing "embarrassing," saying it makes light of what others have treated as a somber proceeding.
Andrew Coyne, a Globe and Mail columnist, admonished Trudeau for his behavior, which he said was untoward for a Canadian Prime Minister "in a public place, on the eve of the Queen's funeral."
\u201cEmbarrassing doesn't even begin to describe it. Yes, people sometimes need to let off steam. No, there's no evidence he was drunk. But come on -- he's the Prime Minister, in a public place, on the eve of the Queen's funeral. And this is how he behaves?\nhttps://t.co/wJgPH1ZZJX\u201d— Andrew Coyne \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Andrew Coyne \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1663615913
Others agreed and criticized Trudeau's behavior.
\u201cYou\u2019re not just an authoritarian leader, you\u2019re an utter embarrassment @JustinTrudeau . \nIf being a serial \u2018blackfacer\u2019 isn\u2019t bad enough,singing Bohemian Rhapsody in a bar the night before you mark Britain\u2019s biggest day in decades\u2026my god.\n\nPoor Canadians \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6 \n\nPoor \u2018Peoplekind\u2019..\u201d— Adam Brooks \ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7 (@Adam Brooks \ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7) 1663618125
\u201cCanada sends a 15 person delegation to Queen funeral. Costing tax payers millions. And what do we get for our millions? Photos of Justin Trudeau singing while Gregory Charles plays. And negative media coverage in Britain.\u201d— Cathy Stone. (@Cathy Stone.) 1663671801
\u201cIn all fairness to @JustinTrudeau, I will be in a bar, drunk, and singing loudly on the night and day of his funeral. I'll probably also choose Queen, Although my first choice will be Another One Bites The Dust. #TrudeauMustGo\u201d— Jay Watt \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6 (@Jay Watt \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6) 1663614208
\u201cOh wow. At the Queen's Funeral.\ud83e\udd26\u200d\u2640\ufe0f \n\nThere's a time and a place, and this was proooobably the worst timing imaginable.\n\n#TrudeauMustGo #TrudeauResign \n#queensfuneral #QueenElizabethII\u201d— Nicole Siemens (@Nicole Siemens) 1663629778
But some have called criticisms of Trudeau little more than right-wing hypocrisy, saying the reaction has been overblown.
\u201cFunny how all the right-wingers go after Justin Trudeau for singing/dancing but they seem ok with Trump doing that weird monkey dance thing he does at his rallies after siphoning off their money.\u201d— Trent Capelli \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6 (@Trent Capelli \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6) 1663610983
\u201cJustin Trudeau singing is the new Obama in a tan suit.\u201d— Trent Capelli \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6 (@Trent Capelli \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6) 1663624759
\u201cJustin Trudeau singing Bohemian Rhapsody is like a musical pirouette: harmless and playful and something that will ultimately be remembered as human moment amidst the pageantry.\u201d— Kevin's 10,000 hours (@Kevin's 10,000 hours) 1663640627
\u201cCriticizing Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau for singing is like criticizing the young Prime Minister of Finland for dancing. \n\nYoung leaders refusing to be stiff, stuffy & old just because they have chosen to lead. \n\nCritics like @acoyne just can\u2019t deal with Trudeau\u2019s joy of life\u201d— Dan_GT2 (@Dan_GT2) 1663672502
Trudeau's spokespeople defended his actions, saying he simply joined "a small gathering with members of the Canadian delegation who have come together to pay tribute to the life and service of Her Majesty."
They added Trudeau has "taken part in various activities to pay his respects for the Queen" during a ten-day mourning period, a process that for decades was outlined in Operation London Bridge, which included the announcement of her death, the period of official mourning and the details of her state funeral, which was held Monday, September 19.