The 1975 banished from Malaysia after a kiss on stage, several concerts canceled

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Malaysia no longer carries The 1975 in its heart. After an exceptional concert at the Olympia two weeks ago, the English pop-rock group continues its world tour “At Their Very Best”. Friday evening, the quartet from Manchester performed in Sepang, near the capital Kuala Lumpur, as part of the Good Vibes festival. Except that the concert was abruptly interrupted after a few songs. Indeed, the singer Matty Healy launched into a long speech to point the finger at the rigorous policy of Malaysia, strongly anti-LGBT. ” I made a mistake. When we scheduled our concerts I didn’t pay attention. I don’t see the point of inviting The 1975 to a country and then telling us who we can have sex with “said the interpreter of “Robbers” : “ Your government is a bunch of fucking retards “. Then, he kissed his bassist Ross McDonald on the mouth, in front of a crowd who applauded the gesture.

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“Never touch the sensitivities of the community”

In the aftermath of this political act, The 1975’s concert was stopped after seven songs and the group was immediately banned from Malaysia. The case went up to the highest authorities of the State since Fahmi Fadzil, Malaysian Minister of Communications and Digital, attacked The 1975 on Twitter after ” actions and statements “judged” very coarse “. The Malaysian elected official then decided to cancel the rest of the Good Vibes festival which was to respectively welcome the Australian rapper The Kid Laroi and the rock group The Strokes, Saturday and Sunday. ” The government has always been committed to supporting the development of creative industries and freedom of expression. However, never touch community sensitivities, especially those that go against the mores and values ​​of the local culture. notes Fahmi Fadzil on his Twitter account. In the wake of this concert, the Malaysian government has indicated its desire to tighten the entry conditions for foreign artists for concerts in its country.

This kiss now has implications for the rest of The 1975’s tour. Indeed, two other concerts of the band were canceled in the process. Those scheduled this Sunday in Jakarta at the Indonesian festival We The Fest, then at the Taipei Music Center in the capital of Taiwan this Tuesday, July 25. ” The band never takes the decision to cancel a concert lightly and were looking forward to performing for fans in Jakarta and Taipei, but unfortunately due to current circumstances it is not possible to [maintenir] planned concerts can we read in a press release from the We The Fest festival. For now, The 1975’s next concert is scheduled for August 4 as part of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. Note that in 2019, Matty Healy had already kissed a fan on the mouth at a concert in Dubai, to protest against the country’s anti-LGBT laws.

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