Malaysia’s authorities halted a music pageant within the capital, Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday, a day after the frontman of the British pop rock band The 1975 kissed a male bandmate onstage and criticized the nation’s anti-L.G.B.T. legal guidelines.
“There will likely be no compromise towards any social gathering that challenges, disparages and violates Malaysian legal guidelines,” Fahmi Fadzil, the nation’s communications minister, said on Twitter after assembly the organizers of the Good Vibes Pageant, a three-day occasion set to run till Sunday.
The 1975 have additionally been banned from performing in Malaysia, mentioned a authorities committee that oversees filming and performances by foreigners.
Homosexuality is against the law in Muslim-majority Malaysia. Rights teams have warned of rising intolerance towards lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender individuals.
In movies posted on social media late on Friday, Matty Healy, the band’s frontman, was seen kissing the bassist, Ross MacDonald, after criticizing Malaysia’s stance towards homosexuality in a profanity-laden speech to the pageant viewers.
“I made a mistake,” he mentioned. “After we had been reserving reveals, I wasn’t wanting into it.” He added that he didn’t perceive the aim “of inviting The 1975 to a rustic after which telling us who we are able to have intercourse with.”
Mr. Healy later reduce quick the set, telling the gang: “All proper, we’ve acquired to go. We simply acquired banned from Kuala Lumpur, I’ll goodbye.”
The band couldn’t instantly be reached for remark. Mr. Healy had confronted criticism for kissing a male fan at a 2019 live performance within the United Arab Emirates, which additionally has legal guidelines towards gay acts, in response to information media stories.
The pageant’s organizer, Future Sound Asia, apologized for the present’s cancellation after Mr. Healy’s “controversial conduct and remarks.” It mentioned The 1975’s administration had promised that the band would obey efficiency pointers.
“Regrettably, Healy didn’t honor these assurances,” it mentioned in an announcement.
Mr. Fahmi, the communications minister, mentioned Malaysia was dedicated to supporting the event of inventive industries and freedom of expression.
“Nevertheless, by no means contact on the sensitivities of the neighborhood, particularly these which might be towards the traditions and values of the native tradition,” he mentioned.
The federal government in March launched stricter pointers, together with on costume code and conduct, for overseas acts coming to Malaysia, citing the necessity to shield sensitivities, the information media reported.
Friday’s episode ignited an uproar on Malaysian social media, together with amongst some members of the L.G.B.T. neighborhood, who accused Mr. Healy of “performative activism” and mentioned his motion was prone to expose the neighborhood to extra stigma and discrimination.
The 1975 are on Sunday scheduled to play at a pageant in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, the place a latest L.G.B.T. occasion was canceled amid safety threats.