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Halsey Criticizes Victoria's Secret Over Anti-Trans Controversy

Halsey Criticizes Victoria's Secret Over Anti-Trans Controversy

Halsey Criticizes Victoria's Secret Over Anti-Trans Controversy

The singer previously recorded a performance for the fashion show, but wanted her position on the issue to be clear.

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As much as the folks over at Victoria’s Secret undoubtedly hoped last month’s controversy would die down in time for the annual fashion show, that just wasn’t the case.

Halsey, who filmed a performance for the show prior to marketing exec Ed Razek’s ignorantly transphobic comments, took to Instagram last night during the show to say her peace.

“As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity, especially not one motivated by stereotype,” read a portion of her note. “Acceptance is the only ‘fantasy’ that I support…”

 

 

The last part is in direct reference to Razek’s comments in the Vogue interview that got him into hot water.

“Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show?” he asked, regurgitating a question he said he had been asked online previously. “No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy.”

Razek later attempted to apologize, but it was half-assed at best, and nobody bought it.

The incident was followed by Victoria’s Secret CEO Jan Singer resigning.

While some people on social media expressed confusion as to why Halsey would perform for the fashion show after such awful comments were made (it was pre-taped, y'all), others were frustrated that she worked with Victoria's Secret despite their longstanding lack of commitment to diversity. But most fans seemed pleased she made the effort to speak up at all, when it's so often easiest to stay silent.

And others just enjoyed the way the chain of events played out.

 

 

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.