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The 1975 Set in Malaysia Pulled After Matthew Healy Kisses Bandmate and Attacks LGBTQ+ Laws

Matthew Healy in 1975 criticized Malaysia’s homophobic laws, kiss Bassist Ross MacDonald played for about 20 seconds during the band’s headlining performance at the Good Vibes Festival yesterday, prompting organizers to cancel the show and authorities to cancel the remaining two days of the festival.healy Tell “Telling people what they can do with that and that is just ridiculous,” he said, pointing to his crotch, among the crowd in Kuala Lumpur. “If you want to ask me to come here and perform, then you fuck off. I’ll take your money, you can ban me, but I’ve done it before, it doesn’t feel good, I’m screwed.”

Moments later, when the show was cut short, he said: “Well, we’ve just been banned from entering Kuala Lumpur. See you later.” The Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Digital officially canceled the festival this afternoon (July 22).

Homosexuality is banned in Malaysia and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A source close to the band said, “Matty has long been advocating for the LGBTQ+ community and the band wants to stand up for their LGBTQ+ fans and community.”

Event organizer Future Sounds Asia said in a statement, according to media reports. billboardit fears the cancellation “will undermine the confidence of music promoters and various stakeholders in the national live entertainment industry, and threaten the stability of our thriving live arts scene.” Kid Laroi and Strokes will headline the second and third days.

1975’s next agreed date is the headliner of tomorrow’s “We the Festival” in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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