The 1975’s Matty Healy Deactivates Twitter Account

The 1975 frontman Matty Healy deactivated his Twitter account after facing a wave of backlash for having allegedly used the tragic death of George Floyd for the purposes of self-promotion.

“If you truly believe that ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ you need to stop facilitating the end of black ones,” the singer tweeted alongside a link to the song “Love It If We Made It” from the band’s 2018 album of the same name.

George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man hailing from Minneapolis, was arrested by two white, male police officers, who proceeded to pin him to the ground by pressing down on his neck, which eventually caused him to pass out and die of choking.

The incident has sparked numerous riots and protests across the country, and the police officers in question have since been fired.

When Healy came under fire by his followers for making use of the tragedy to promote the record, he responded by explaining that he linked to the song only because it “is literally about this disgusting situation and speaks more eloquently than I can on Twitter,” with such lyrics as “We’re f-ing in a car, shooting heroin/ Saying controversial things just for the hell of it/ Selling melanin and then suffocate the black men.”

Soon after his clarification tweet, the account was deactivated with no explanation offered.

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