It has been brought to our attention that we shared a video from a pop-punk band earlier today that included some anti-LGBTQ lyrical content. The song was in a different language (Malay) that we don’t speak and thus we shared it simply (and ignorantly) because musically they sounded like a poppier-Anti-Flag falling under the flag of “punk rock”.
We NEVER IMAGINED that a “punk” band would include the following lyrics:
“LGBT boleh pergi mampus” which translates to “LGBT can go die” or “LGBTQ can go to hell”.
In 2020 for anyone, let alone a “punk” band, to so openly convey their hatred for people who are already marginalized, stigmatized, ridiculed, threatened, harmed, killed, so much so that they have to hide their identity from the world to protect themselves, is disgusting.
Our apologies to our LGBTQ family and friends all over the world.
We stand with you.
This is coming from a Muslim.