British pop rock band The 1975 has introduced it was canceling its exhibits in Jakarta and Taipei after the Malaysian authorities minimize quick a music pageant, a day earlier than, because the band’s lead singer slammed the nation’s anti-gay legal guidelines and kissed a male bandm…
ByEDNA TARIGAN Related Press
JAKARTA, Indonesia — British pop rock band The 1975 introduced on Sunday it was canceling its exhibits in Jakarta and Taipei after the Malaysian authorities minimize quick a music pageant within the wake of the band’s lead singer slamming the nation’s anti-gay legal guidelines and kissing a male bandmate throughout their efficiency.
The 1975 was scheduled to have a efficiency at We The Fest, Indonesia’s annual summer season music pageant, in Jakarta on Sunday night time, a part of their 2023 Asia tour.
“The 1975 remorse to announce that their forthcoming exhibits in Jakarta and Taipei will now not be going forward as deliberate,” the group mentioned in an announcement posted on We The Fest’s social media platforms on Sunday. They added that the choice was not made calmly “however sadly as a result of present circumstances, it’s not possible to proceed with the present exhibits.”
Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, doesn’t prohibit LGBTQ rights besides within the conservative Aceh province.
Matt Healey, the lead vocal of The 1975, used profanity in his speech criticizing the federal government’s stance in opposition to homosexuality, earlier than kissing bass participant Ross MacDonald. Footage of the incident was posted on social media and sparked a backlash in predominantly Muslim Malaysia.
Malaysia’s Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil slammed Matty Healy’s conduct late Friday and mentioned in a Facebook submit that homosexuality is against the law within the nation punishable by as much as 20 years in jail and caning.
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.