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Dec052018

The 1975's Matty Healy apologizes for comments regarding hip hop and misogyny 

Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesThe 1975 frontman Matty Healy is apologizing for comments he made regarding misogyny as it relates to hip hop and rock music.

In a recent interview with The Fader, Healy, a recovering heroin addict, was asked about his "perspective on drugs in the music industry." In response, he said, in part, "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."

He then continued, "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."

In a Twitter thread posted Wednesday, Healy writes that his quote "reads as patronizing, uninformed and reductive," and that he was "simplifying a complex issue without the right amount of education on the subject."

"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," Healy says.

"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."

Healy then clarified that he's "not apologizing for saying 'rock music is void of misogyny.' I didn't say that."

"I'm apologizing for the fact my words could INSINUATE that misogyny in culture and music is an exclusively hip hop (black) issue," he says. "I do not believe that."

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