Malaysia bans the 1975 after Matty Healy defies anti-LGBTQ+ laws with stage kiss

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07/22/2023

The English band the 1975 have been banned from performing in Malaysia after their lead singer criticised the country’s anti-LGBTQ+ laws on stage. The group, fronted by Matty Healy, were playing at the Good Vibes festival in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. Citing his comments, the three-day music festival in Malaysia was cut short. While on stage, Healy criticised the Malaysian government’s position on LGBTQ+ rights and said the band had made a mistake in deciding to perform in the country. It was reported by officials on Saturday that the group were now banned from Malaysia. “I made a mistake,” Healy said on stage in a video recorded by a fan in the crowd.

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