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Malaysia Halts Music Festival After Same-Sex Kiss By The 1975 Band

Malaysia halts music festival after same-sex kiss by The 1975 band. The 1975 can never play in Malaysia again because lead singer Matt Healy kissed a male bandmate onstage and spoke out against the country's anti-LGBT+ laws.

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Jul 24, 2023172 Shares57496 Views
Malaysia halts music festival after same-sex kiss by The 1975 band. The 1975 can never play in Malaysia again because lead singer Matt Healy kissed a male bandmate onstage and spoke out against the country's anti-LGBT+ laws.
The 1975 was one of the international headliners at a three-day music festival in the capital Kuala Lumpur. On Friday, their show was cut short after only about 30 minutes, and the festival was later canceled.

Malaysia Halts Music Festival After Same-sex Kiss By The 1975 Band

Malaysia Halts Festival After The 1975’s Matty Healy Kisses Bandmate

Matt Healy, the lead singer of the British band The 1975, criticized the country's anti-LGBTQ laws and kissed a bandmate on stage, which led to the cancellation of a music event in Malaysia.
Because of what happened on stage at the Good Vibes Festival in Kuala Lumpur on Friday night, the rest of the three-day event had to be canceled by the country's Ministry of Communications.
Homosexual acts are against the law in Malaysia, and people who do them can be fined or sent to jail for up to 20 years. In a tweet, Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil said:
There will be no compromise against any party that challenges, disparages and violates Malaysian laws.- Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil
After meeting with the organizers of the Good Vibes Festival, a three-day event that was set to end on Sunday, he made this statement.
In Malaysia, where most people are Muslim, it is illegal to be gay. Malaysia had laws that criminalized homosexual acts. Homosexual acts were considered illegal under Section 377A of the Malaysian Penal Code, which criminalized "carnal intercourse against the order of nature." This law applied to both male and female same-sex relationships and could result in imprisonment and/or fines if someone was found guilty. Rights groups have warned that the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are facing more and more hate.
Matt Healy, the lead singer of The 1975, was seen kissing bassist Ross MacDonald in videos posted on social media Friday night. Healy had just criticized the Malaysian government's stand against homosexuality in a profanity-filled speech to the festival crowd. He said that the band had thought about not going, but they didn't want to let down their friends in Malaysia.
I made a mistake. When we were booking shows, I wasn't looking into it. I don't see the f***ing point … of inviting The 1975 to a country and then telling us who we can have sex with.- Matt Healy
“Unfortunately, you don’t get a set of loads of uplifting songs because I’m f***ing furious. And that’s not fair on you, because you’re not representative of your government. You are young people, and I’m sure a lot of you are gay and progressive,”- Matt Healy
Healy also said that the band thought about canceling the show, but chose not to because they didn't want to let down their fans.
If you want to invite me here to do a show, you can f*** off. I’ll take your money, you can ban me, but I’ve done this before and it doesn’t feel good.- Matt Healy
Healy says in the video before bassist Ross MacDonald goes up to him and kisses him on stage. Later, Healy cut the set short, telling the crowd:
All right, we gotta go. We just got banned from Kuala Lumpur, I'll see you later.- Matt Healy
Over the three-day weekend, 43 performances by local and foreign artists were set to take place at the festival. On Friday, the main act was The 1975. On Saturday and Sunday, the major acts were Australian singer The Kid Laroi and American band The Strokes. Both days' performances were canceled.
The 1975 gained significant attention with the release of their debut self-titled album, "The 1975," in 2013, which featured hits like "Chocolate" and "Sex." Subsequent albums, such as "I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It" (2016) and "A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships" (2018), further cemented their popularity and critical acclaim.
Their music often explores themes related to love, relationships, mental health, and societal issues, resonating with a wide range of audiences. The band's name, "The 1975," was inspired by a date written on a book belonging to one of the band members that was titled "Notes on a Conditional Form."
A Malaysian government group in charge of overseeing foreign performances said that The 1975 would never be allowed to play again in the Muslim-majority country, where it is illegal to be gay.

Conclusion

After the lead singer of the British band kissed a bandmate on stage and criticized the country's LGBTQ rules, Malaysia banned the band. On Saturday, the Malaysian government shut down the Good Vibes music event in the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur. The 1975 after frontman Matt Healy kissed bassist Ross MacDonald on stage the night before. Healy also gave a speech full of swear words in which he criticized the government's attitude toward gay people.
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