Healy (pictured on stage at Reading Festival this year) smiles as he presses a detonator and explodes into Facebook and Instagram likes in the video Relatives of Manchester Arena bombing victims have criticised The 1975 over a video which shows lead singer Matthew Healy exploding a fake suicide vest Healy smiles as he presses a detonator and explodes into Facebook and Instagram likes in the video for the band’s recently released single People He and band mates Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald and George Daniel are all former pupils of Wilmslow High School in Cheshire – and are now said to be based in Manchester Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett, 29, was one of the 22 people murdered in the suicide blast on May 22 2017, tweeted: ‘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 ‘Alex Klis, 21, who lost her parents Angelika, 39, and Marcin, 42, told The Sun on Sunday: ‘I expect better, especially from somebody who is from Manchester  ‘Putting yourself in a suicide vest is so insensitive. Terrorist attacks are not something you use to make a music video look “cool” ‘The 1975 have been contacted for comment. It comes after Tory MP David Davies attacked the band on Twitter as he accused them of hypocrisy over their environmentalism  He asked the pop-rock group how they would travel for their upcoming world tour after they spoke out about carbon emissions, and asked if they would travel by yacht like their ‘mate Greta’ But the letter quickly received heavy backlash, with actor Stephen Fry labelling him ‘beneath contempt’ Others claimed the Monmouth MP, who has a mixed voting record on climate change, was simply ‘point-scoring’ while serious problems like forest wildfires and glacial thawing are left unscrutinised Comedian James Felton said: ‘There are wildfires in the Arctic, the Amazon is on fire, temperature records have just been smashed all over Europe, the 5 hottest years from 1880 till now have all been in the last 5 years and you’re using your time sending pathetic letters to people trying to highlight that ‘The 1975 had pledged their allegiance to climate change, and featured a recorded essay from the Swedish climate change teenage activist Greta Thunberg on their latest album They pledged to donate all revenue generated from the track to the eco-warrior organisation, Extinction Rebellion In a letter posted on Twitter today, Mr Davies asked whether the group would travel via train and boat instead of on planes for their tour In it, the Monmouth MP writes: ‘We must silence any mean-minded sceptics who think it’s a tad hypocritical to preach on the evils of carbon emissions one minute – then jet across the globe the next!’He adds: ‘Apparently, you feel so strongly about the ‘climate emergency’ that you are donating all proceeds to Extinction Rebellion so they can continue to block roads and prevent people from getting to work ‘And next week you are setting off to work yourselves, on a world tour, playing concerts in South Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and various venues across America ‘The band’s manager Jamie Oborne hit back, telling Mr Davies to enjoy his ‘five minutes of fame’ Mr Oborne added: ‘So Parliament is suspended at the most important time in modern UK politics and the most pressing issue on this clowns mind is looking for clout on Twitter Enjoy your 5 minutes. Is this really the best we have?! I can feel a change coming and it feels good ‘Greta featured on the band’s track, also named The 1975, which helped fund Extinction Rebellion’s cause Lyrics in the song include: ‘Everything needs to change. You say that nothing in life is black or white But that is a lie. A very dangerous lie.’To do your best is no longer good enough We must all do the seemingly impossible. Yes, we need a system change rather than individual change But you cannot have one without the other.’We must acknowledge that we do not have the situation under control’The organisation wrote in a letter of thanks: ‘Greta you are an outstanding human You were there when Extinction Rebellion launched back on Parliament Sq in London just nine months ago  ‘Again and again you show your support in meaningful ways – from small kind acts to things like this We salute you sister. ”To the 1975s, we thank you massively for your rebellious contribution and promise to put this to good use We’re loving your commitment to rebel for life with us. ‘Music has the power to break through barriers, and right now we really need to break through some barriers if we are to face this emergency We are currently heading towards 4 degrees of heating for the world.’Greta Thunberg added: ‘I’m grateful to get the opportunity to get my message out to a broad new audience in a new way I think it’s great that the 1975 is so strongly engaged in the climate crisis. We quickly need to get people in all branches of society to get involved And this collaboration I think is something new.’The bands tour starts in Rome on Friday and will travel to Dublin, Hong King, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Paris and the United States  

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