Last week The 1975 played a gig in Dubai. It was their first gig in the United Arab Emirates and during the show, Matty Healy kissed a boy. It's 2019 and you'd think that'd be a total non-issue but the country has strict anti-LQBTQ laws.
According to The Foreign Office "there have been some reports of individuals being punished for homosexual activity and/or sexual activity outside marriage, particularly where there is any public element, or the behaviour has caused offence."
Following the show Matty tweeted:
Thank you Dubai you were so amazing. I don’t think we’ll be allowed back due to my ‘behaviour’ but know that I love you and I wouldn’t have done anything differently given the chance again— 🥾🌍 (@Truman_Black) August 15, 2019
And then during their headline set at Reading Festival, Matty addressed the incident.
"We feel incredibly supported tonight, which is the best feeling to have. And problematic. You see, the problem with me is that I sometimes get myself in trouble for being a bit too impulsive or humanly flawed. I will take those criticisms all day because I believe that if you’ve got a platform, I mean look at the fucking size of this stage. If you’re on this stage and you do nothing more than indulge in yourself, you’re not doing anything for anyone.
"So we have to stand for things. And sometimes that does put us in opposition of things. I kissed a boy in Dubai the other week. The gig was amazing and everyone who was there was in support of it because there was a genuine, intimate human moment between two people, that was consensual. To be honest, it was a beautiful moment.
"When you see that, as a human, your natural inclination is to think, ‘that’s nice’ but sometimes, to simplify thing, governments are dickheads and they get involved in those sort of things. Really, they should leave you and your lovely genitals alone to do with what you want.
"I really liked that boy and I’m pretty sure he liked that kiss, so it's not me that needs to change. It’s the world that needs to change," he declares before 'Loving Someone'. "This song is about getting together because if don’t get together, even politically, we’re going to die in a fire."