Why was The 1975 banned from performing in Malaysia?

During a recent show in Malaysia, The 1975’s frontman, Matty Healy, kissed one of his bandmates, leading to them being banned from performing in the country. According to PageSix, the kiss, which happened live on stage, broke the anti-LGBTQIA+ laws of the country.

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On Friday, Matty Healy addressed the country’s policies in Kuala Lumpur during the band’s show.

“I made a mistake. When we were booking shows, I wasn’t looking into it. I don’t see the f–king point … of inviting the 1975 to a country and then telling us who we can have sex with.” he told the crowd. “I’m sorry if that offends you, and you’re religious … but your government are a bunch of f–king r–s. I don’t care anymore. If you push, I’m gonna push back. I’m not in the f–king mood.” he added.

He continued by explaining why he did not cancel the show, even though he had considered doing so.

“I’m sure a lot of you are gay and progressive and cool,” he said. “I pulled this show yesterday, and we had a conversation. We said, ‘You know what? We can’t let the kids down because they’re not the government.’” Healy added. “If you want to invite me here to do a show, you can f–ck off. I’ll take your money, you can ban me, but I’ve done this before, and it doesn’t feel good.”

Matty Healy

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After his speech, Matty Healy kissed the band’s bassist, Ross MacDonald. Matty walked off the stage and told his fans, “Alright, we gotta go. We just got banned from Kuala Lumpur, I’ll see you later.”

Matty Healy The 1975

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After the incident, the Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Digital canceled the festival that hosted The 1975’s show and explained their decision. “We sincerely apologise to all our ticket holders, vendors, sponsors, and partners. We are aware of the time, energy and efforts you have put into making this festival a success, and we value your steadfast support.” their statement read.

Matty Healy then responded to the statement with an Instagram story post. “Ok well why don’t you try and not make out with Ross for 20 years. Not as easy at it looks.” he wrote.

Published by HOLR Magazine.