The surfacing of numerous allegations and anecdotes surrounding the alleged abusive and predatory behavior of Ryan Adams last week was a reminder of how much further the music industry needs to go when it comes to both preventing and speaking up against misogyny. Luckily, the 1975 not only appear to be doing their part, but on a stage as large as the BRIT Awards no less.
The band, whose third album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships dropped late last year, left last night’s gala with two of the show’s major awards in the form of Album of the Year and Best British Band. When it came to taking the stage to accept the latter honours, 1975 frontman Matt Healy forfeit the same old celebratory speech in order to bring to light something far more important: the rampant, unchecked sexism that pervades the industry everyone in the room belonged to.
— BRIT Awards (@BRITs) February 20, 2019
Healy’s speech involved quoting from a piece by music critic Laura Snapes after Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek referred to Snapes onstage as “bitch who wanted to have his babies” (the same piece was more recently quoted by Snapes in a response to the Ryan Adams allegations).
“I just want you to listen to me for one sec. Just a couple of sentences that a friend of ours, Laura Snapes, said this, and I thought we should all really think about it,” Healy said before, quoting Snapes, that “Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of ‘difficult’ artists, while women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don’t understand art.”
Fans were ecstatic to here the frontman speak out about such issues…
But none were more delighted than Snapes herself:
Oh my god. Eight-year-old me is dying. @Truman_Black just read from my Ryan Adams piece at the #BRITS. I am gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement https://t.co/mVx3lqCwkU
— Laura Snapes (@laurasnapes) February 20, 2019