Speaking to The Fader in a recent interview, Healy compared the past glorification of drug use in rock'n'roll and the current glorification of drugs in hip-hop, claiming that "those things get weeded out the longer those things exist."
He went on to conflate drug use with misogyny in both genres, explaining that "misogyny doesn't happen in rock'n'roll anymore" because the longer the genre has been around, the more it has been "weeded out."
"It still exists in hip-hop because the genre's so young, but it'll stop," Healy continued.
Now, Healy has taken to Twitter to apologize for insinuating that there isn't still misogyny in rock music, as well as for sounding condescending towards hip-hop.
In a string of tweets, Healy explained that what he had said was not correct, nor was it entirely a misquote, though the singer did clarify that he had meant that "misogyny wasn't ALLOWED in rock and roll now days in a way it is in hip-hop."
Healy went on to acknowledge that there has been rampant misogyny in the rock music world since its inception and admitted he is not educated or experienced enough to speak expertly on the subject, and as such, ended up "trivialising the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."
Read his full apology below.
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This bit of me talking in an interview reads as patronising, uninformed and reductive. And to be fair it is. And I'd like to apologise....(thread) pic.twitter.com/UMO62lzVgn— matty (@Truman_Black) December 5, 2018
What I said isn't correct. And it's not all a misquote. Just for clarity I said that misogyny wasn't ALLOWED in rock and roll now days in a way it is in hip hop - not that it doesn't exist, that's maybe a misquote as I'm aware of the misogyny in rocknroll...— matty (@Truman_Black) December 5, 2018
I would never deny the RAMPANT misogyny that exists in Rock n Roll. It's everywhere and has been a weirdly accepted part of it since it's inception.— matty (@Truman_Black) December 5, 2018
. BUT now looking at what I said - I was simplifying a complex issue without the right amount of education on the subject— matty (@Truman_Black) December 5, 2018
think cos I'm so actively trying to support women(not a brag but with the record label etc)I kinda forget that im not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivialising the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues— matty (@Truman_Black) December 5, 2018
So basically, I'm sorry for saying that as I was wrong. And thanks for pointing it out cos if I'm gonna do this I have to keep learning.— matty (@Truman_Black) December 5, 2018
Just to clarify I'm not apologising for saying 'rock music is void of misogyny'. I didn't say that. Any body who says that is not only thick as fuck they most probably don't have physical eyes. It's the stupidest thing I've ever heard— matty (@Truman_Black) December 5, 2018
I'm apologising for the fact my words could INSINUATE that misogyny in culture and music is an exclusively hip hop (black) issue. I do not believe that. What I believe is that I'm not educated enough to speak on THAT properly and a big part of that is this white dick that I have— matty (@Truman_Black) December 5, 2018