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Some in the LGBTQ community in Malaysia criticised Healy on social media, saying his actions had made their situation even more challenging.

I think the Islamists enforcing their medieval scriptures edicts with violence, intimidation and coercion are doing a good enough job of that. Sounds like the LGBTQ community in Malaysia is suffering from a form of Muslim Stockholm Syndrome.

The on-stage protest was not a first for Healy, who kissed a male fan at a 2019 concert in the United Arab Emirates, which also has tough anti-LGBTQ laws.

Good on him for confronting head on the contradictions of trying to have a modern consumer economy and supposed liberal democracy wedded to fundamentalist doctrine.

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Well, that went well for everyone, huh ?

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Hard to respect a country that hates love.

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they knew their law andrules so they will pay.

their country their rules their laws.

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Larr FlintToday  09:56 am JST......................why even go there in the first place? And was it intentional to do this and upset the officials.

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Never even heard of this band.

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StrangerlandToday  08:01 am JST

Hard to respect a country that hates love.

Love? Seriously? This was a largely unknown band trying to be edgy and failing miserably by deliberately breaking the country’s rules. Embarrassing, really. Just stick to music.

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Homosexuality is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia and laws criminalising sodomy are punishable by imprisonment, while LGBTQ people in the country also face regular discrimination by authorities

Disgraceful.

What a hateful approach.

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This was a largely unknown band 

Pretty big actually.

Platinum albums and number one positions in the charts in many countries.

Successful band.

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This band should take responsibility for their profane speech and kiss by paying in full what they now owe for their personal choices. Choices usually have consequences, and they should be adult enough to acknowledge this.

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This band should take responsibility for their profane speech

What profane speech?

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What profane speech?

They're probably referring to this:

"Matt Healy launched a profanity-laden speech"

I'm not sure if a profane speech is the same as a profanity-laden speech.

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David said the claim filed on Monday against the band was "essentially for breach of contract"

Ah

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Obey the local rules or pay the fine. The organisers should be able to recoup their cash from their insurer, who would in turn sue the band in the UK to recover the cash. If the insurance doesn't cover it, the organisers would have to sue them in the UK. They would have to pay, as the legal system is not a moral arbiter. They signed a statement to say that they would not do this, and did it. Breach of contract. Legal slam dunk. Tourist or working, obey local laws.

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Why do so many musicians who are famous act like plonkers? The 1975 should've known not to do what they did. But, they went ahead and did it anyway. I believe the Malaysian government should extradite them and prosecute them to the fullest extent of their law. The band should also pay the hefty fine and promote Islam in TV commercials as part of their penalty. They totally ruined the festival for the peaceful locals in attendance with their atrocious behavior and flagrant disrespect for their host nation. Horrible. Just horrible.

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Hard to respect a country that hates love. What a backwoods dump.

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They totally ruined the festival for the peaceful locals in attendance with their atrocious behavior and flagrant disrespect for their host nation. Horrible. Just horrible.

The band were not responsible for cancelling the event. The event was 'ruined' by the organizers.

Do you think the 'peaceful locals' wanted it to be cancelled because of a kiss?

I believe the Malaysian government should extradite them

Where should the Malaysian government extradite them to?

and prosecute them to the fullest extent of their law. The band should also pay the hefty fine and promote Islam in TV commercials as part of their penalty.

You sound very angry about people being gay / not muslim. And very unpleasant.

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Hard to respect a country that hates love. What a backwoods dump

You do wonder about what some people in less bigoted countries think of the following:

Homosexuality is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia and laws criminalising sodomy are punishable by imprisonment, while LGBTQ people in the country also face regular discrimination by authorities

Some seem to be a bit coy about their views on this. The argument ‘their country-their laws’ has some merit but maybe this appalling treatment of the LGBT community does deserve a passing comment at least

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Some seem to be a bit coy about their views on this. The argument ‘their country-their laws’ has some merit but maybe this appalling treatment of the LGBT community does deserve a passing comment at least

As with everything, any extreme is bad. Countries deserve criticism for their bad laws that don't respect human right, while also having the right to self determination and deciding what the rules of their land are.

Losers that are too low-intelligence to realize their opinions are entirely useless to humanity go to one extreme or the other.

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This band knowingly breached its contract.

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