Rina Sawayama seemingly directed her frustration towards fellow musician Matty Healy during her recent performance at the 2023 Glastonbury music festival in Somerset, England on June 24.
Subtle jab: Before delivering a powerful rendition of her song “STFU,” the 32-year-old Japanese-British singer said: “I wrote this because I was sick and tired of these micro-aggressions.”
While not explicitly mentioning Healy, the “John Wick 4” star made reference to a controversial earlier podcast interview featuring The 1975 singer.
She also mentioned that the individual “owns my masters,” alluding to her own recordings done under Dirty Hit, a record label that is also run by The 1975’s manager Jamie Oborne. Healy also served as a director of the label from December 2018 until his departure in April 2023.
“Tonight, this goes out to a white man that watches ‘Ghetto Gaggers’ and mocks Asian people on a podcast. He also owns my masters. I’ve had enough!” she told the crowd before performing her song “STFU.”
Controversial podcast: During a February episode of “The Adam Friedland Show,” Healy discussed viewing “Ghetto Gaggers” pornography, featuring women subjected to brutalization.
The podcast episode, which was pulled from Apple and Spotify in April, also had Healy joining hosts Nick Mullen and Friedland in making racist jokes about rapper Ice Spice, mockingly imitating Chinese and Hawaiian accents.
Back in April, Healy publicly apologized to the rapper during a show in New Zealand, claiming that his remarks were “misconstrued.”
The statement, made amid growing backlash online, did not mention his use of ethnic slurs and mock Chinese and Hawaiian accents.
I just feel a bit bad, and I’m kind of a bit sorry if I’ve offended you. Ice Spice, I’m sorry. It’s not because I’m annoyed that me joking got misconstrued. It’s because I don’t want Ice Spice to think I’m a dick. I love you, Ice Spice. I’m so sorry. I don’t want it to be misconstrued as mean. I don’t mind being a bit of a joker… but I am genuinely sorry if I’ve upset them because I f*cking love them.