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The 1975's Matty Healy Apologizes For Saying “Misogyny Doesn’t Happen In Rock And Roll”

“I said that misogyny wasn’t ALLOWED in rock and roll [nowadays] in a way it is in hip-hop.”

The 1975’s lead singer Matty Healy has been making the press rounds in support of the band’s new album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, and he recently drew heat for his comments in The Fader about the lack of misogyny in rock and roll. In the interview, he claimed that misogyny had been “weeded out” of the genre, whereas it still remains in hip-hop because of rap’s shorter existence. Today, Healy hopped on Twitter in an attempt to clarify his self-described “patronizing, uninformed, and reductive” comments.

Healy conceded that he wasn’t fully misquoted, and admitted to the “rampant” existence of misogyny in rock music. He chalked it up to a lack of education on the topic:

Just for clarity, I said that misogyny wasn’t ALLOWED in rock and roll [nowadays] 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 rock and roll. 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, BUT now looking at what I said—I was simplifying a complex issue without the right amount of education on the subject. Think [because] I’m so actively trying to support women (not a brag but with the record label, etc) I kinda forget that I’m not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I can’t just ‘figure stuff out’ in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues.

He later elaborated that he was only apologizing for insinuating that misogyny solely exists in hip-hop:

Just to clarify I’m not apologizing for saying ‘rock music is void of misogyny.‘ I didn’t say that. Anybody 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 apologizing 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."

Healy’s comments in The Fader were prompted by a question about drugs in the music industry. Using a comparison between SoundCloud rap and rock music, Healy claimed that the “drug-taking” competition in hip-hop would get weeded out with time and launched into his clumsy point about misogyny in the genres:

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.

Judging by Healy’s recent history, it seems like he has been thinking about the relationship between hip-hop and rock music for quite some time. In a separate interview with Pitchfork, he explained that “I Like America & America Likes Me” started out as a homage to SoundCloud rap.

He even directly references SoundCloud-affiliated artist Lil Peep on “Love It If We Made It,” when he sings:

Rest in peace Lil Peep
The poetry is in the streets

Elsewhere in The Fader interview, Healy spoke about his own drug problems and explained why Peep and Mac Miller’s deaths struck him so hard. “The reason that Peep resonated with me so much is that he died while I was in rehab,” he said. “I used to be like, ‘If I’m only smoking it, the only thing I’m going to do is fall asleep.’ Now, if you get bad Xanax, it could fuckin' kill you.”

On A Brief Inquiry, Healy addresses his addiction on songs like “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You),” which includes imagery that evokes using heroin. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Healy explained that he needed to get the experience out of his system. “If my most recent memories are afflicted by addiction, it’s probably going to be a thing,” he said. “I’m not going to talk about it for long.”

Healy recently broke down several songs from A Brief Inquiry on Genius' series Verified, including “Love It If We Made It.”

Read the full interview at The Fader and catch up on all the lyrics to A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships on Genius now.