(fashion) 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