Matty Healy has come under fire for a tweet about the Black Lives Matter movement.
On Monday the 46-year-old became the latest of many black people to die in police custody in the US after an officer knelt on his back for five minutes during an arrest.
Matt took to Twitter to tweet about the news, but was slammed for sharing a link to his band’s track Love It If We Made It at the same time.
Following the huge backlash, Matt apologised for his post before deleting his account.
Matty Healy has come under fire for a tweet about the Black Lives Matter movement
George Floyd died after a police officer knelt on his neck for five minutes
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He posted: “If you truly believe that ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ you need to stop facilitating the end of black ones.”
Love It If We Made It includes the lyrics: “We’re f***ing in a car, shooting heroin/ Saying controversial things just for the hell of it/ Selling melanin and then suffocate the black men.
“Start with misdemeanors and we’ll make a business out of them.”
Matt’s name started trending on Twitter as many accused him of using the movement to plug his work.
Matty shared a link to his song while talking about the Black Lives Matter movement
One person tweeted: “Matty Healy a white male promoting his own work to profit off a movement about black people is not defendable and if you are white and defending him you have no argument in the situation it’s really that simple.”
“Matty Healy you’re a f**king idiot,” another posted.
A third said: “Thought matty healy was a decent guy but wow apparently not.”
Matt then took to Twitter to defend himself.
He later apologised
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He posted: “Sorry I did not link my song in that tweet to make it about me it’s just that the song is literally about this disgusting situation and speaks more eloquently than I can on Twitter.”
After he deleted his account his fans rushed to his defence.
One said: “Matty was just literally trying to help. You don’t even know if he has already signed a petition to help, the only thing y’all wanna do is drag him.”
Another agreed: “He wasn’t using it to promote his own music. He was doing it to raise awareness.”
Mirror Online has contacted Matt’s reps for comment.