July 23 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Good Vibes music festival in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) has been canceled this Saturday after the vocalist of the English band The 1975 kissed another member of his group during their performance and after criticizing the anti-LGTBIQ+ laws in force in the country.
“We deeply regret to announce that the rest of the program of the Good Vibes Festival 2023 (GVF2023), scheduled for today and tomorrow, has been canceled as a result of the controversial conduct and comments made by British artist Matty Healy, of the band The 1975”, the organization of the event reported in an official statement published on its website.
The note explains that the decision responds to “the immediate cancellation directive” by the Ministry of Communications and Digital at 1:20 p.m. (local time) on Saturday, presented as an expression of “its unwavering stance against any party that defies, ridicules or contravenes the laws of Malaysia.”
During his performance at the festival, the lead singer of The 1975 made several criticisms of Malaysian law, which provides for financial fines and even prison terms for “homosexual acts.”
“I don’t see the point of inviting The 1975 to a country and then telling us who we can have sex with,” Healy said, as shown by some videos posted on social networks.
The musician assured that they had considered canceling the performance but that they did not so as not to disappoint the fans and declared himself “fucking furious” before getting off the stage.
“And this is not fair to you, because you are not representatives of your government. You are young and I am sure that many of you are homosexual and progressive,” the singer concluded.