Matty Healy of The 1975 Apologizes for Hip-Hop Comments, Acknowledges 'Rampant Misogyny' in Rock

Matty Healy the 1975
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Matty Healy of The 1975 performs at Latitude Festival on July 14, 2017. 

Matty Healy of The 1975 took to Twitter on Wednesday (Dec. 5) to apologize for comments he made about misogyny and drug use in the hip-hop scene during an interview with The FADER

"One of the problems is the youth of hip-hop," Healy said in the interview. "At the moment, with SoundCloud rap, it’s become a bit of a drug-taking competition, and that happened in rock and roll. Those things get weeded out the longer those things exist. The reason misogyny doesn’t happen in rock and roll anymore is because it’s a vocabulary that existed for so long that it got weeded out. It still exists in hip-hop because [the genre] is so young, but it’ll stop."

He continued, "That’s why you have this moment with young black men -- Kanye-aged men, as well -- talking about their relationship with themselves, which is a big step forward for hip-hop. Drake, for example. But then they’ll be like, 'But I still got bitches.' The scene’s relationship with women hasn’t caught up to its relationship with itself, but that’s something that will happen."

Healy responded to that section of the interview by sharing it and adding, "This bit of me talking in an interview reads as patronising, uninformed and reductive. And to be fair it is. And I'd like to apologise. What I said isn't correct. And it's not all a misquote. Just for clarity I said that misogyny wasn't ALLOWED in rock and roll now days in a way it is in hip hop - not that it doesn't exist, that's maybe a misquote as I'm aware of the misogyny in rocknroll... I would never deny the RAMPANT misogyny that exists in Rock n Roll. It's everywhere and has been a weirdly accepted part of it since it's inception. BUT now looking at what I said - I was simplifying a complex issue without the right amount of education on the subject.

"Think cos I’m so actively trying to support women(not a brag but with the record label etc)I kinda forget that im not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just ‘figure stuff out’ in public and end up trivialising the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues," he added. "So basically, I’m sorry for saying that as I was wrong. And thanks for pointing it out cos if I’m gonna do this I have to keep learning."

He followed up his original Twitter thread by clarifying, "'I’m not apologising for saying ‘rock music is void of misogyny’. I didn’t say that. Any body who says that is not only thick as f--k they most probably don’t have physical eyes... I’m apologising for the fact my words could INSINUATE that misogyny in culture and music is an exclusively hip hop (black) issue."

View his tweets related to the FADER interview below.