KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 — It looks like controversial musician Matt Healy from The 1975 isn’t done with Malaysia just yet.
The British singer stirred social media yet again by seemingly taking a jab at the recent controversy he caused at the Good Vibes Festival 2023 (GVF 2023).
The band’s frontman seemed to poke fun at his current Malaysian controversy during his set at the Lollapalooza 2023 in Chicago which was held over the weekend.
During the intro to their song, Healy goes on to say “You want my travel tip? Don’t go to…” before he was cut off by the band with the beginning riff of the song.
At another point in the set, Healy stole a moment to hop down off the stage, while holding a bottle of drink, to rush towards Blink-182’s singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge to embrace him.
He also gave DeLonge a peck on his cheek.
— The 1975 TH (@the1975_thteam) August 5, 2023
Delonge later posted a photo of the moment on his Instagram account and seemingly poked fun at the recent ban imposed on The 1975 by the Malaysian government.
“I guess myself and The 1975 won’t be going to Malaysia – just a couple dudes kissing during their phenomenal set at Lollapalooza,” reads the caption.
Social media users were quick to react by criticising Delonge for ignoring Malaysian law and not seeing the big picture.
“As a gay man myself, you’re despicable,” wrote @havoc96_paranoia.
“Whether you like it or not, Malaysia is a country that practices modesty and appreciates its culture and heritage, yet you had the audacity to ruin it all just because you disagree with some of the laws.”
Another use, @izzaizelan said nobody cares whether the band comes to Malaysia or not.
“We have fantastic local bands in Malaysia and the region.”
The 10th anniversary of the GVF 2023 was cut short last month after Healy sparked a major controversy during his set on the first night of the festival.
The remaining two days of the three-day event were abruptly called off following Healy’s expletive-riddled tirade against Malaysia’s anti-LGBT laws which was followed by an onstage kiss with bassist Ross MacDonald mid-show on the stage.
The band was then banned from entering Malaysia following the controversy which left many festival-goers, food vendors and artists upset.
GVF 2023 organiser Future Sound Asia had earlier told Malay Mail that the company was considering legal options against The 1975 for the financial damages caused due to the sudden cancellation.