Matty Healy, the lead singer of English pop-rock band The 1975, kissed a male fan during a concert in Dubai on Thursday in protest of the United Arab Emirates’ anti-LGBT laws.
The 1975 was playing their song “Loving Someone” when the male fan asked Healy to marry him. Healy responded by kissing the fan and saying, “We’re all human, right?”
Later in the show, Healy says, “If you’re gay I love you. And God f**king loves you.” In another clip posted on social media Healy tells the crowd, “I just want us to identify as humans and not as groups of individual different people. I’m sorry, I know it seems indulgent for me to cry but I do this every night and it’s the same thing, I see so much passion and pain and I know what you guys are going through and I know you’re not representative of your governments.”
Aight so I went to The 1975’s concert in Dubai, and Matty looked me right in the eye, pointed at me and said this. I’m straight tho but I love you too😂😂😂😂😂😂 #the1975 #1975dxb @the1975 @the1975dxb pic.twitter.com/QOLFM9Zo3k— Omar Al Refai (@OmarDaRefai) August 14, 2019
In the UAE, sodomy is punishable by up to 10 years. Gay and lesbian couples have also been jailed for displaying public affection.
Healy tweeted after the show, “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.”
“But who knows maybe they will let me back in let’s just wait and see,” he added.
But who knows maybe they will let me back in let’s just wait and see :)— 🥾🌍 (@Truman_Black) August 15, 2019
Some fans were concerned that Healy’s display of affection could put the male fan at risk.
You’re literally so sick, it doesn’t matter what your behaviour is it matters to that fan. How can you live with yourself if you know he’s going to be punished for your actions?— ★ (@namjikuk) August 15, 2019
Matty, I know you had good intentions for kissing the fan in Dubai, But please check on him he might get in trouble with the government and poissbly go to jail for ten years. Love you lots.— Hanna2HS (@Hana2Hs) August 15, 2019
Other fans thought the display of affection was admirable.
the amount of people that you gave a safe space to over there is beyond amazing. we love you so much, and thank you for always being you no matter what others say 💗— danica // (@theloneIystreet) August 15, 2019
In conclusion, we stan harder than ever before— ange (@insideyourhann) August 15, 2019