Brian May fuming at 'rude' person who had him kicked off Instagram in 'incredibly unfriendly act'

Emma Powell
Unimpressed: Brian May posted a lengthy rant: Jo Hale/Getty Images

Brian May has slammed a “rude” person who had him temporarily thrown off Instagram, after claiming one of his posts violated copyright terms.

The Queen guitarist was fuming after a user reported one of his photos in an “incredibly unfriendly act” when he forgot to credit them.

On his return to the photo sharing app, he lambasted the user in a lengthy post which read: “Well this is what I woke up to. How RUDE! I’m usually very careful to credit anyone whose photos I post – but in this case, at the end of the day, I must have forgotten.

“So, rather than write to me and say ‘dear Brian – you seem to have forgotten to credit me on this picture’, this person […] reported me to Instagram and they not only took the picture down but disabled my whole account until I'd dealt with the issue.”

May said he was left feeling “violated” by the person, who he claimed was called Barbara, accusing her of exploiting his image to “make money off me”.

He continued: “What an incredibly unfriendly act from you, Barbara! You not only took my picture and are evidently exploiting my image, and making money off me without so much as a ‘by your leave’ – but you actually stop me using a picture of myself!

“All I can say is that if you feel you were ‘violated’, I feel pretty violated myself.”

May finished by threatening to kick 'Barbara' out of his concert if he was to see her in the crowd.

“If I ever discover that you are at one of our concerts in future,” he said, “look out, because, logically, I will be tempted to have you thrown out.”

It is not the first time May has used social media to voice a complaint. In June he had a meltdown over British Airways’ “horrible” first-class seating.

He posted a lengthy rant about how much he “hates” the new “three feet” gap between the recliner seats and the windows as it has left him “bored” and “frustrated” on flights.