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The 1975’s singer criticized for ‘Islamophobic’ rant

Matt Healy, who identifies as a humanist and atheist, had a long history of controversial messaging.


Kahron Spearman


Posted on Dec 11, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 8:41 pm CDT

Matt Healy, the lead singer from popular Manchester, United Kingdom pop-rock band the 1975, has long been known to be reckless in his activism and promotion of his personal brand of atheism. He’s back at it, essentially railing against Islam, or any organized religion, in a recent interview with Mexican outlet Brut Mexico.

“Nowadays, I honestly think, if you’re piously religious–if you’re dogmatically faithful–you should be kind of ashamed of yourself,” says Healy. “I’m bored with certain religions as well because certain racisms are aligned with them.”

“[You] can’t criticize Islam as a set of ideas…because you’re inherently criticizing people. But that’s a problem with society because Islamophobia does exist, people are bigoted. But what that really is is thick, scared people not liking brown people. Whereas I love people, I love brown people.”

He continues: “I just don’t know when I’m allowed to be offended. Religious people are always allowed to be offended: ‘Oh, we’re offended by this, I’m offended by that.’

“I have to get up every day and read some abhorrent that’s happened in the name of religion. And I never get a day. I never get a day where I’m allowed to be offended. … Where are my rights as an atheist?” the singer asks with a curious, ironic sincerity.

Of course, hundreds of opinions—both for and against Healy’s messaging—arrived in short order. Many claimed he was misunderstood, but most saw his rant as passive-aggressive Islamophobia.

@CHUNGHJIN and @GeorgiaTeague4 challenged his use of privilege as a white male.

A number even opening accused Healy of hiding behind his atheist/humanist designation, to justify his distaste for Islam.

Even other atheists are openly questioning his intentions on Twitter.


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*First Published: Dec 11, 2019, 3:22 pm CST