Malaysia’s authorities has minimize quick a music pageant after the lead singer of British band The 1975 slammed the nation’s anti-gay legal guidelines and kissed a male bandmate throughout their efficiency
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s authorities Saturday minimize quick a music pageant after the lead singer of British band The 1975 slammed the nation’s anti-gay legal guidelines and kissed a male bandmate throughout their efficiency.
Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil slammed Matty Healy’s conduct late Friday firstly of the Good Vibes Competition as “very impolite.”
Healey used profanity in his speech criticizing the federal government’s stance towards homosexuality, earlier than kissing bass participant Ross MacDonald. Footage of the fiasco was posted on social media and sparked a backlash within the predominantly Muslim nation.
After assembly the pageant organizers Saturday, Fahmi stated the pageant, which was scheduled to go on this weekend, might be canceled.
“There might be no compromise with any social gathering that challenges, belittles or violates Malaysian legal guidelines,” he stated in a press release on Facebook. Homosexuality is a criminal offense within the nation that’s punishable by as much as 20 years in jail and caning.
The company answerable for approving performances by international artists stated it was disenchanted with the band’s conduct, calling it “an insult and disrespecting the legal guidelines of the nation.” It stated the group might be blacklisted from performing in Malaysia.
It wasn’t the primary time that Healy used the stage to defend lesbian and homosexual rights. In 2019, he kissed a male fan throughout a live performance within the United Arab Emirates, which additionally outlaws gay acts, in accordance with media studies.