The 1975 criticised by family of Manchester bombing victim over “disgusting" People video

2 September 2019, 14:31

Sam  Prance

By Sam Prance

The mother of one of the victims of the Manchester bombing in 2017 has called out Matty Healy and The 1975.

The 1975 have been called out by a Manchester bombing victim relative for the suicide vest scene in their 'People' video.

Last week (Aug 29), The 1975 released the music video for the first single from their upcoming, fourth studio album Notes on a Conditional Form. 'People' is a political song which encourages listeners to act out against justices in the world and 'wake up' to what's happening around them.

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In the visual, Matty Healy and the band perform the song in a fluorescent box with screens playing graphic videos on them. One part of the video includes Matty blowing himself up with a suicide vest.

Now Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett died in the 2017 Manchester bombing, has heavily criticised the video.

The 1975 called out by family of Manchester bombing victim for suicide vest in 'People' video
The 1975 called out by family of Manchester bombing victim for suicide vest in 'People' video. Picture: Roberto Finizio/NurPhoto via Getty Images // Dirty Hit

Taking to Twitter Murray wrote: "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."

On May 22 2017, 22 people were killed, including Murray's son Martyn, after a bomber used a suicide vest at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

Matty has shared the clip of the suicide vest scene from The 1975's 'People' video on his Instagram account.

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After someone replied to Murray's tweet writing: "It was only a split second but was out of order and insensitive to victims, those effected and Manchester", Murray responded: "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."

Murray then concluded: "Band should not be banned or penalised in any way other than please just take that couple of seconds out. This is not a witch hunt against the band. Just asking them to respect the feelings of some of us. That is definitely my final comment."

As it stands, The 1975 are yet to respond to Murray's comments. We shall update you if they do.

What do you think of The 1975's 'People' video?