Halsey has spoken out against the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for insensitive comments made by the company’s chief marketing officer.
The show, which was filmed on November 8, saw the likes of Bebe Rexa, Shawn Mendes, and Halsey herself take to the stage to perform. However, shortly before the taping, one of the event organizers made controversial comments about the trans community.
In an interview with Vogue, Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, dismissed the suggestion of including transgender models on his show.
“It’s like, ‘why doesn’t your show do this?’ Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show?’ No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special. That’s what it is,” he said.
Razek has since apologized for his comments, but that didn’t stop the backlash from celebrities and the LGBTQ community.
During the show’s airing on Sunday night, Halsey posted a statement on social media, alluding to Razek’s remarks.
“As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity,” the 24-year-old bisexual singer wrote. “Especially not one motivated by stereotype.”
Halsey directed her fans to GLSEN, a charity organization which focuses on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students, where she said she has made a sizable donation.
“If you’re a trans person reading this, and these comments have made you feel alienated or invalidated please know that you have allies,” she added. “We stand in solidarity. And complete and total acceptance is the only ‘fantasy’ that I support.”