British pop rock band The 1975 has been hardly criticised over their latest music video, “as it glamourises suicide bombers”.
A week ago, a new music video was uploaded to the band Youtube channel to promote “People”, one of the songs that will be contained in their upcoming album Notes On A Conditional Form. The visuals show footage of Matty Healy, The 1975’s frontman, wearing a suicide vest. When the vest explodes, a thumbs-up and heart emojis rain fill the screen.
The music video has gone on to land over a million streams on Youtube and it has been receiving really good reviews. However, not everyone has found their epileptic visuals amusing.
Figen Murray had a son who was killed in a terrorist attack after he attended an Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester two years ago. After she watched the video, Murray took it to social media to condemn the music video for “People”.
“The 1975. Matt Healey…..what the hell were you thinking of releasing a music video where you carry a suicide vest and blow yourself up? You are from Manchester. Be ashamed….. be very ashamed. It is disgusting and an insult to the 22 people murdered,” she wrote on Twitter.
“I know it was only a split second but my son and the others died in a split second. That was all it took. Devastated that this is even out there for young people to see as it glamourises suicide bombers. How can that even be circulated,” she then added on a second tweet.
Pat Karney, Manchester City Council’s councillor, supported Murray’s opinion. “Totally insensitive. He is one of us so should know what we would think”, he said in response of Murray’s tweets.
The issue hasn’t been addressed by any of The 1975’s members for now.