It’s been almost a month since Matty Healy took the internet by storm with his cheesy, ill-conceived take. Now, The 1975 lead singer is in controversy over his sharp comments about the ongoing violence in Israel and Gaza and his declaration of love for Kanye West.
During the 1975 Wednesday Night Show in New York City, Healy mentioned the controversial rapper about his lack of Grammy nominations this year. Despite the band’s 2022 album being funny in a foreign language While earning almost universal praise, it apparently did not make much of an impression on the Recording Academy. At the group’s most recent show, Healy called this oversight a “fucking outrage.”
“People don’t say this because it’s not a very tasteful thing to say, but I’m way beyond tasteful,” he told the crowd at Madison Square Garden. “Are you mentally disturbed?”
The ex-boyfriend of Taylor Swift, who received six Grammy Awards, making her the third-most nominated female artist of all time, clarified that he “didn’t really care that much” about the awards, which is probably why he it should have happened. ‘His boasting has stopped. But he went on to praise Kanye West – who stormed the stage to protest Swift’s win over Beyoncé at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards – which angered the crowd.
“I’m not self-celebrating, but Kanye is one of my heroes,” Healy said. “You know what? “You have to believe in yourself.”
In a TikTok video of Healy’s speech, the crowd can be heard groaning in response. Earlier this year, the singer was accused of doing a Nazi salute while singing the line “Thank you Kanye, very cool” in the 1975 song “Love It If We” – a quote from a 2018 tweet by Donald Trump praising rapper Kanye West. Had to face criticism for this. “made it.”
“Now this is a weird hero, I understand that,” he said during Wednesday’s show. “But leave aside the anti-Semitism. Just think about self-confidence.”
At the same concert, he also criticized fans who were asking him and other celebrities to speak out about the Israel–Gaza conflict.
“People like me need to talk about Israel and Palestine,” Healy said sarcastically. “I’m that person—Brittany Broski, me, all those people are the people you need. Don’t be a fool.”
These latest comments contrast with Healey’s previous statements about the war-torn region. In 2019 he told NME He was keen to perform in both Israel and Palestine, saying that although he is not a “diplomat or a politician”, “it’s my job more than anything to go to places like this.”
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