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Were the Brit Awards Hacked?

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Many of the 5 million viewers were confused and thought something went terribly wrong during the The 1975 performance at the Brit awards on Wednesday night. It appeared that hackers took over the ITV program causing havoc and directing insults to the band, the winners of Best British Group.

During The 1975 live performance of ‘The Sound’ on stage at the 02 area in Greenwich, TV screens were taken over across the UK containing insulting messaging about the band on a pink screen with white text.

The hackers must really dislike the band, to take over the show and display insults publically – or so we thought...

TV screens across the UK displayed the following messages;

“OUT OF TUNE”

“DO PEOPLE REALLY LIKE THIS MUSIC?”

“TERRIBLE HIGH-PITCHED VOCALS OVER SOULLESS ROBO BEATS”

“UNCONVINCING EMO LYRICS”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA38All0pVk 

Viewers immediately fled to social media to share and question what they had just seen. 

The hackers must really dislike the band, to take over the show and display insults publically – or so we thought… 

However what appeared as a clever hack achieved by a computer whizz in a deep dark basement was not the case. The fans knew that this was in fact part of the performance as per the music video, which displays criticism the band received after releasing their first album.

It was the band mocking themselves, and laughing at the negative press they received.

Twitter was buzzing with confusion of what viewers had witnessed, and the fans being in the know were having a BIG laugh at the people who thought the performance was hacked.

The 1975 themselves seemed less concerned with the social attention they were receiving, while they had a cheeky cigarette under the table during Ed Sheeran’s performance with Stormzy at the Brits.

This is a strong and brave way to stand up against haters and internet trolls, to show the critics that their opinions do not count…especially as they were awarded Best British Group at the awards.  I applaud it!

Rebecca Phinbow – Regional Campaign Manager

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