Matty Healy Apologizes For Misogynist Hip Hop Remarks

By Katrina Nattress

December 5, 2018

Matty Healy is known to be outspoken, but in a recent interview with The Fader, his unfiltered approach got him in some trouble.

After being asked about his perspective on drugs in the music industry, The 1975 frontman had a controversial response.

"One of the problems is the youth of hip-hop. At the moment, with SoundCloud rap, it's become a bit of a drug-taking competition, and that happened in rock and roll," he explained. "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 is that it got weeded out. It still exists in hip-hop because [the genre] is so young, but it'll stop. 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."

Oof. Thankfully, the 29-year-old realized the things he said sounded "patronising, uninformed and reductive," so he issued an apology through a Twitter thread.

"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..." he explained. 

"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," he continued in a separate tweet.

". BUT now looking at what I said - I was simplifying a complex issue without the right amount of education on the subject," he admitted. "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."

"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 concluded. 

Read his full apology below.

However, there was one part of the answer Healy didn't feel he needed to apologize for, because he never said it in the first place.

"Just to clarify 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. It’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard," he said, adding: "I’m apologising for the fact my words could INSINUATE that misogyny in culture and music is an exclusively hip hop (black) issue. I do not believe that. What I believe is that I’m not educated enough to speak on THAT properly and a big part of that is this white dick that I have."

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