Remembering Freddie Mercury: Queen’s Gay Frontman Celebrated by Angry Birds

If Freddie Mercury were alive, he would be 66 tomorrow. To celebrate his birthday and his legacy, the creators of the Angry Birds game have released an animation of “Freddie, the Angry Bird” riding his bicycle to the Queen tune “Bicycle Race.”

Also, Angry Birds in partnership with Bravado, are putting out limited-edition Freddie Mercury Angry Bird T-shirts to raise awareness for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, a foundation created by Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor to fight AIDS, the virus that killed Mercury. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.

The week-long celebration of the life of the singer is known as Freddie for a Day. Fans around the world dress up like the singer and wear Mercury’s distinctive mustache to show support and raise funds for Mercury’s HIV/AIDS charity.

“Freddie for a Day is such a great way to honor Freddie’s fun and flamboyant spirit while delivering an important message, and we’re delighted to be supporting them in our own Angry Birds style, said Rovio CMO Peter Vesterbacka, head of the company that created Angry Birds, in a statement.

“Queen’s music has endured for a reason, because its creativity and contagious fun appeals to fans of all ages, and we’re happy to help keep Freddie’s memory and music alive for new generations of fans.”

Last year, Google created the Freddie Mercury doodle to celebrate the artist.

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