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Matty Healy: Malaysia event canceled after The 1975 singer attacks anti-LGBT law

During The 1975’s set at the Good Vibes Festival, Healy talked to the crowd and used a lot of bad language. He then kissed bass player Ross MacDonald.

The band then stopped playing and said that officials told them to leave the stage.

In Malaysia, being gay is against the law and can get you 20 years in jail.

On Friday, the band was the main act at the Good Vibes Festival in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

After the uproar, the festival’s organizers said on Saturday that the rest of the festival’s plans had been canceled.

A statement said that the decision was made after Malaysia’s Ministry of Communications and Digital gave a “immediate cancellation directive” as part of its “unwavering stance against any parties that challenge, mock, or break Malaysian laws.”

Healy could be heard telling the crowd that the band’s decision to play in Malaysia was a “mistake” on video that was posted online.

“I didn’t think about it when we were making plans for shows,” Healy said. “I don’t see the [expletive] point, right, I don’t see the point of bringing the 1975 to a country and then telling us who we can have sex with.

“Unfortunately, you don’t get a bunch of upbeat songs because I’m [expletive] mad,” the lead singer said. “That’s not fair to you because you don’t speak for your country. Because you’re young, and I bet a lot of you are gay, liberal, and cool.”

Then, as the band played the song “I Like America and America Likes Me,” Healy and MacDonald kissed.

Soon after, just 30 minutes into the set, Healy and the rest of the band left the stage. The singer told the crowd, “Okay, we just got kicked out of Kuala Lumpur, see you later.”

The BBC heard about it from someone who knew the 1975.

“Matty has been an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community for a long time,” a source said Friday night. “The band wanted to stand up for their LGBTQ+ fans and community.”

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In a first statement to local media on Friday, festival organizers said that the band’s show was cut short because it “did not follow local performance guidelines.” But at that point, they said that the rest of the weekend’s events would go on as planned.

Malaysia’s Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil called the band’s show “very disrespectful” on Twitter. He also said that he had talked to the people in charge of the event and asked them for a full report.

Healy has been on stage before to talk about rules that are against LGBT people.

During a show in Dubai in 2019, he brought a male fan on stage to hug him and then gave him a quick kiss. People in the country, where being gay is punishable by 10 years in jail, were upset by what happened.

After the show, Healy wrote on Twitter, “Thank you, Dubai, you were so great.” I don’t think we’ll be able to go back because of my “behavior,” but know that I love you and if I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t have done anything differently.”

The Strokes, Dermot Kennedy, and Ty Dollar $ign are also going to play at the Good Vibes Festival.


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