Malaysians are just as upset, if not more.
Fans of music artists Lee Hi, DPR IAN, and DPR LIVE are upset after a music festival was canceled due to The 1975‘s Matty Healy.
These artists were all scheduled to perform at the three-day-long Good Vibes Festival 2023 (also known as GVF2023) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The 1975 headlined on Friday, July 21. Lead singer Matty Healy took the stage but regretted the band’s choice to perform in the country due to the government’s anti-LGBTQIA+ laws. LGBTQIA+ activity is illegal in Malaysia, and citizens can face up to 20 years of imprisonment.
I made a mistake. When we were booking shows, I wasn’t looking into it. I don’t see the f*cking point, right. I do not see the point of inviting the 1975 to a country and then telling us who we can have sex with.
— Matty Healy
After Healy’s speech, he kissed his bandmate Ross MacDonald as the rest of the band played the song “I Like America & America Likes Me.” Just 30 minutes into the set, officials escorted them off stage, and Healy left, saying, “All right, we just got banned from Kuala Lumpur. See you later.”
Unfortunately, you don’t get a set of loads of uplifting songs because I’m f*cking furious. And that’s not fair on you because you’re not representative of your government. Because you’re young people, and I’m sure a lot of you are gay and progressive and cool.
— Matty Healy
The 1975 has been banned from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after Matty Healy and bandmate Ross MacDonald kissed on-stage during their set at Good Vibes Festival.
Before the kiss, Healy gave a speech on his disappointment in the country’s discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community. pic.twitter.com/XcHuPHiYr5
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) July 21, 2023
The festival had only just begun. So, other performing artists, such as DPR IAN and DPR LIVE were arriving.
— DPR IAN archive (@DPRIANarchive) July 21, 2023
— mxlvxn (@melvinhatesyou) July 21, 2023
Yet, the rest of the scheduled performers would no longer be allowed to perform because of Matty Healy’s actions. The official social media accounts for Good Vibes Festival announced that the festival was canceled due to the Ministry of Communications and Digital.
— Good Vibes Festival (@GoodVibesFest) July 22, 2023
Fans of the artists yet to perform expressed their anger and disappointment, especially since many had traveled to Malaysia. DPR IAN, DPR LIVE, and Lee Hi were all performing the next day, so their fans were arriving only to find out the bad news.
Imagine being a DPR Ian fan and flying to Malaysia only to have FUCKASS matty healy ruining the whole event… I would commit manslaughter https://t.co/Q1BQnAge4s
— Audrey (@2babies1porsche) July 22, 2023
man was so excited to see dreamers in malaysia and what breaks me more is that it got cancelled during their rehearsal 😞 could’ve been another one of dpr and dreamers’ happiest days but someone’s recklessness ruined it ☹️ everyone i’m so sorry 😔💔 pic.twitter.com/yzzd7vyh0l
— fay is seeing dpr ❤️🩹 (@mito_is_real) July 22, 2023
we havent even collected our festival wristbands and it got cancelled 🤡
i felt so sorry to hayi, she just finished perfomed at indonesia yesterday and she had to rush to malaysia just to perform even she felt tired but end up knowing the show is cancel 💔💔💔 #GVF2023
we’re sorry love @leehi_hi :((
— sof⁷ | SEVEN🤍 (@flirtswkook) July 22, 2023
Hayi baby I’m soooo sorry for this to happened to you but please enjoy your remains day in Malaysia. Grab some good food and maybe can go to Sunway or Genting Highland @leehi_hi
— 🕊 (@Blossomtearss) July 22, 2023
Malaysians, including members of the LGBTQIA+ community, have also voiced their outrage about the situation. They have criticized Matty Healy’s “careless” actions and “White Savior Complex” that will result in repercussions for innocent and especially queer people who live in the country.
#stitch with @cabi ps: that’s not to say that Malaysian’s are all homophobic, as there is a queer community and I believe a lot of Gen-Z/Millenial Malaysia’s are more woke and accepting of LGBTQ+ folks, but Malaysian are all aware of what our government systems are like and how acts like thse can actually hurt marginalized communities more than help them. #the1975 #goodvibesfestival #gvf2023
On Saturday July 22, The 1975’s Matty Healy was seen kissing his bandmate on stage and criticising the country’s LGBT laws, an incident that led to the cancellation of Good Vibes Festival by the Malaysian government. The consequences of the lead singer’s actions have led to an uproar amongst fans and concert attendees alike, as the band recently announced the cancellation of shows in Indonesia and Taiwan. #fyp #goodvibesfestival #1975 #malaysia
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