The 1975 Lead Singer, Matty Healy Retaliates To The Malaysian Govt.'s Anti-LGBT Laws

The 1975 lead singer, Matty Healy, kissed his fellow band member, Ross MacDonald, on stage at a concert in Malaysia. Following this, the country's authorities banned the band.


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The 1975 Lead Singer, Matty Healy Retaliates To The Malaysian Govt.'s Anti-LGBT Laws

Matty Healy, the English singer-songwriter and the lead vocalist of the band, The 1975, is not in the mood to step down from mocking the Malaysian authorities for their anti-LGBT laws. The singer took to his Instagram handle to share his thoughts on the country’s prohibition of same-sex activities.

The 34-year-old has deleted all the stories from his account mocking the Malaysian authorities. His retaliation comes after the authorities banned the indie pop rock band, The 1975 from returning to the country following their remarks on homosexuality.

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What happened during Matty Healy’s concert in Malaysia?

Matty Healy

Matty Healy challenged Malaysia’s rules against the LGBT community by kissing his male bassist, Ross MacDonald, on stage during their performance on Friday, i.e., July 21, 2023, at the Good Vibes Festival in Kuala Lumpur. As a consequence of this behaviour, the country prohibited the band, The 1975 from further performing in Malaysia.

Matty and Ross

The singer-songwriter mocked on his Instagram Stories on Saturday, i.e., July 22, 2023, as news about the ban made global headlines. He posted a picture of the map of Malaysia with a black hat on it. Matty also posted numerous photos with his fellow band member, Ross MacDonald to showcase his friendship with him. His caption read:

 “Ok well why don’t you try and not make out with Ross for 20 years. Not as easy as it looks.”

What is the anti-LGBT law in Malaysia?

Fahmi Fadzil

Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country where homosexuality is illegal and is subject to a 20-year prison sentence. A day after the incident during The 1975's concert where Matty Healy protested Malaysia’s anti-LGBT policies, the country’s government cancelled the entire festival in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Following a meeting with the organisers of the Good Vibes Festival, the Communications and Digital Minister of Malaysia, Fahmi Fadzil condemned the band’s behaviour and added that no one could violate the country’s rules. He said:

"There will be no compromise against any party that challenges, disparages and violates Malaysian laws."

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What did the Good Vibes Festival say?


Good Vibes Festival was previously a three-day festival cut short due to Matty Healy’s remarks against the Malaysian authorities. The country’s communication ministry cancelled the festival and banned The 1975 band from the country. Shortly after this incident, the festival authorities issued a statement on their Instagram handle declaring the cancellation of the event.

What did Matty Healy exactly say on stage?

Matty Healy

The lead singer, Matty Healy, addressed the crowd during his band, The 1975's performance at the Good Vibes Festival, using a lot of foul language before kissing bassist Ross MacDonald. Well known for being extremely proactive and a bit controversial, Matty seized the chance to criticise the nation's anti-LGBTQ+ laws. He said:

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

Who is Matty Healy?

Matty and Taylor

Matty Healy is a British singer and songwriter. He is the lead vocalist of the band, The 1975. The 34-year-old singer was linked with Taylor Swift a few months back. Reports of Taylor's breakup with her partner, Joe Alwyn, whom she dated for six years emerged. After which, she was linked to Matty. Although many fans at first discounted the rumour that the singers were together, it became much more difficult to dismiss after Mattly travelled all the way from the Philippines to see Swift play in Nashville. Reports claimed that the duo had separated less than a month after their dating.

The 1975

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