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Matty Healy deactivates Twitter account following backlash over Black Lives Matter tweet

28 May 2020, 16:13 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

The 1975's Matty Healy has deactivated his Twitter account after fans called him out for being insensitive with promoting his own work in a Black Lives Matter post.

Healy is trending on Twitter this afternoon following his response to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, after he died while being detained by police on the side of a road.

Floyd's death has resulted in riots across the state of Minnesota, and many popular figures are using their social platforms to protest against racism.

The 1975 vocalist Matty Healy decided to speak out on Twitter following the chaos caused by Floyd's death, but it has been heavily criticised by fans. In a now-deleted tweet, The Metro reports Healy wrote, "If you truly believe that “ALL LIVES MATTER” you need to stop facilitating the end of black ones." Before publishing the tweet, Healy added a link to The 1975's "Love It If We Made It Song".

Healy then deleted the tweet after fans called him out for promoting his own music off the back of a Black Lives Matter tweet. He responded by writing, "Sorry I did not link my song in that tweet to make it about me it’s just that the song is literally about this disgusting situation and speaks more eloquently than I can on Twitter."

His tweets were received with criticism, resulting in The 1975 singer to deactivate his Twitter account. Instead, he decided to post on Instagram, sharing a post with a link to a petition demanding justice for Floyd's death, and another post with the picture of the police officer that had his knee on Floyd's neck, writing, "MURDER".

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If you truly believe that all lives matter then stop facilitating the end of black ones. We need to stand up https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd

A post shared by matty off 1975 (@trumanblack) on May 28, 2020 at 7:41am PDT

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MURDER

A post shared by matty off 1975 (@trumanblack) on May 28, 2020 at 7:46am PDT

It's unclear if Matty Healy will reactivate his Twitter account anytime soon. This comes nearly a week after The 1975 released their Notes On A Conditional Form album.
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