The 1975’s frontman Matty Healy has apologized for “patronizing, uninformed, and reductive” comments he made about misogyny and drugs in hip-hop in an interview with Larry Fitzmaurice for The Fader.
During the interview, Larry brought up the bands single “Love It If We Made It” and asked Healy, “What’s your perspective on drugs in the music industry right now?” Healy’s reply reads:
“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’n’roll. Those things get weeded out the longer those things exist. The reason misogyny doesn’t happen in rock’n’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.
I don’t know what the “industry” is but the industry seems to be very hip-hop-led at the moment, promoting the idea of being spaced-out because it’s going through a psychedelic moment. One of the reasons why I was so terrified of being exposed that I was using heroin is because of how much of a cliche it would make me. You know me enough already to understand that the idea of me doing something that’s an actual rock’n’roll cliche is something I’d want to avoid. We don’t have the cliches of Xanax yet. It’s scary. The reason that Peep resonated with me so much is that he died while I was in rehab. He’s 10 years younger than me.”
Matt took to twitter to open up on his comments and add some clarification to what he was trying to say.
“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 its inception.”
“Just to clarify I’m not apologizing for saying ‘rock music is void of misogyny’. I didn’t say that. Any body who says that is not only thick as fuck they most probably don’t have physical eyes. It’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. 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”
Check out the video for ‘Love It If We Made It’ Below