Why The 1975’s Matt Healy Calling Dating Taylor Swift ‘Emasculating’ Is Beyond Problematic
The 1975 have graced the cover of Q magazine this month, which isn’t too surprising since the band have scored a major success with their latest album both in the UK and in the US.
But instead of focusing on all those exciting Number Ones and fancy plaques, frontman Matt Healy has also been asked about his love life. You know, like celebrities are sometimes.
Considering Matt was linked to a then-single Taylor Swift early last year, it’s understandable that people would want to know exactly what he made of the rumours of their (overly exaggerated) reported romance at the time.
Still, instead of just calling the thing a ‘flirtation’ as he’s done so in the past, Matt opted to go into exactly WHY he and Taylor didn’t work out.
And believe it or not, it’s because he didn’t want to be ‘emasculated’ by the whole thing.
EMASCULATED. Like being lucky enough to date such a powerful, influential woman would be damaging to his ego. DO GO ON.
In quotes to the mag (taken from NME), Matt chatted about what happened when the world started questioning whether he and Taylor were a rumoured ‘thing’.
He explained: “I don't do anything else, right, so it doesn't leave a lot of room for me going out, or sh**ging someone.
"So the one time I did have a flirtation with a girl it ends up going everywhere… I mean, I got on E! News and people were like, 'Who's Matt Healy?' so that was cool.
"But I didn't make a big deal out of it myself. It's not really anything to talk about, because if she wasn't Taylor Swift we wouldn't be talking about her.
“She wasn't a big impact on my life. It's just interesting to me how interested the world is about Taylor Swift."
Ladies and gentlemen, the ultimate backhanded compliment you ever did see.
But things only got better/way worse, as Matt then went on to describe how he would’ve hated being referred to merely as sombody's other half.
Which we completely understand, considering that’s how about 80% of women are described when uttered in the same sentence as their famous SO.
He told the mag: “And the reason I mention that is because if I had gone out with Taylor Swift I would've been, 'F**king hell! I am NOT being Taylor Swift's boyfriend.'
“You know, 'F**K. THAT.' That's also a man thing, a de-masculinating, emasculating thing."
He’s not wrong though, is he? Just look at how emasculated poor old Calvin Harris has been ever since he started dating Taylor…
Just to make ourselves clear, saying that it’s a weakness to get involved with a woman who is considered powerful or commanding is SUPER OFFENSIVE.
Women absolutely shouldn’t dim their amazing lights just so an insecure man can feel like they're shining brighter than her.
Yes, most of us like to have our #GIRLBOSS pants on a lot of the time, so if that’s an issue, we’ll happily lose out on the likes of Matt and settle for the Calvins of the world instead.
You know, if we HAVE to.
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