The 1975‘s Matty Healy has addressed the band’s ongoing controversies in Malaysia after they had been banned from the nation final month.
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Whereas performing in Hawaii on August 6, Healy addressed the gang earlier than the band dove into ’28’. “All I’ll say is that I don’t give a fuck about any white saviour complex bullshit. What I’ll say is that doing the right thing often requires quite a lot of sacrifice and very little reward. And being seen to do the right thing requires very little sacrifice, and that’s when you get all the rewards. And me and Ross [MacDonald] nearly shaved our heads because we thought we were going to prison for being f*gs”.
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Healy’s feedback come after he and The 1975 had been banned from Malaysia after criticising the nation’s authorities for anti-LGBTQ legal guidelines throughout their headlining set at Kuala Lumpur’s Good Vibes Pageant.
Throughout their headlining set on the Good Vibes Pageant in Kuala Lumpur on Friday July 21, Healy gave a speech calling out the Malaysian authorities for its hardline stance on homosexual rights. “I made a mistake. When we were booking shows, I wasn’t looking into it. I don’t see the fucking point, right, I do not see the point of inviting The 1975 to a country and then telling us who we can have sex with,” stated Healy.
He continued: “I am sorry if that offends you and you’re religious and it’s part of your fucking government, but your government are a bunch of fucking retards and I don’t care anymore. If you push, I am going to push back. I am not in the fucking mood, I’m not in the fucking mood.”
Healy would go on to kiss bandmate and bassist Ross MacDonald on the lips onstage earlier than their set was lower brief two songs later – simply seven songs into their setlist – and it was introduced that the band had been banned from Malaysia and needed to depart. The next day, the Malaysian authorities ordered the cancellation of the remaining two days of Good Vibes Pageant.
Yesterday (August 7), Future Sound Asia – the organiser of Good Vibes in Malaysia – revealed that they’re pursuing authorized motion towards The 1975, and have despatched a Letter Of Declare to the British indie band.
In response to a press launch, the declare calls for that The 1975 acknowledge their legal responsibility and compensate Future Sound Asia (FSA) for the damages incurred. It additionally states that if the band fail to take action, the organisers will pursue authorized proceedings within the Courts of England.
“FSA would like to reiterate their strong disapproval of the Band’s behaviour during their performance at GVF2023,” it reads. “In particular, lead singer Matthew Timothy Healy’s use of abusive language, equipment damage, and indecent stage behaviour not only flagrantly breached local guidelines and Malaysian laws but also tarnished the reputation of the 10-year-old festival.”
Following their actions on the headline set final month, the Malaysian LGBTQ+ group have condemned Healy, suggesting Healy’s actions would make life for the LGBTQ+ group within the nation worse.
Moreover, it was reported that by the top of July, 18 police reviews had been filed relating to the incident and a category motion lawsuit was being readied by Malaysian legislation agency Thomas Philip – which described the incident as a “deliberate reckless act done knowing well [sic] of the consequences”.
Elsewhere at Lollapalooza this previous weekend, The 1975 appeared to poked enjoyable on the Malaysia controversy earlier than performing ‘It’s Not Dwelling If It’s Not With You’.
The second got here throughout the a part of their set the place Healy begins to say one thing controversial, earlier than the band abruptly lower him off with the start riff of the tune. Whereas performing the tune throughout their set at this 12 months’s Lollapalooza, Healy stated: “You want my travel tip? Don’t go to…” earlier than getting lower off by the beginning of the monitor.