At Wednesday’s Brit Awards, Matty Healy and The 1975 won one of the night’s biggest prizes, taking home the award for British Group of the Year, and used the opportunity to shed some light on an important yet overlooked issue.
After making their way onstage to accept the award, Healy fumbled a bit and pulled out a piece of paper he had folded in his pocket, asking fans 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.”
He proceeded to read a quote from an article written for The Guardian by Snapes, a music journalist, about the allegations that numerous women made about rocker Ryan Adams.
“Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of ‘difficult’ artists,” reads the quote, “[while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don’t understand art.”
The band’s use of the Brit Awards platform to share that important message was greeted warmly by Twitter; check out a sampling of the Twitter response below: