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Father John Misty’s Belated Grammys Speech: “Fuck Society,” Visit

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was desaturated.) Father John Misty performs onstage during FYF Fest 2016 at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for FYF)

One of this year’s more memorable Grammy acceptance speeches didn’t happen on the Madison Square Garden stage, but days later and thousands of miles away. Father John Misty‘s Pure Comedy was nominated for both Best Alternative Music Album (which it lost to the National’s Sleep Well Beast) and Best Recording Package (which it won in a tie alongside Magín Díaz’s El Orisha De La Rose.)  On a stage in Sydney, Australia earlier Wednesday, Josh Tillman acknowledged his win.

“Uh, well, thanks. I don’t have a whole lot of time, but, God, fuck, I just wanna say fuck society,” Tillman said. “I wanna say that this government is a criminal organization. Uh,, please go check that out.” Referencing the award, he stated: “…Everybody was always saying that, like, it’s what’s on the inside that matters, you know, and I think that this is really evidence of the fact that it’s what’s outside that matters.” Watch his speech below.