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Halsey Claps Back at Demi Lovato & Katy Perry for Biphobic Music

Halsey Claps Back at Demi Lovato & Katy Perry for Biphobic Music

Halsey Claps Back at Demi Lovato & Katy Perry for Biphobic Music

"There's bi-phobia from the straight community and from the LGBT community."

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Halsey has had enough of straight women erasing her bisexuality.

During her Pride-themed interview with Paper Magazine, the bisexual, biracial, and bipolar singer explained that she's tired of bisexuality being seen as taboo, which she is attempting to change with her same-sex anthem "Strangers."

"There's bi-phobia from the straight community and from the LGBT community. There's a lack of acceptance. It happens in TV all the time when people write bisexual characters as going through a phase or struggling with something. It's part of some mental breakdown or rebellion storyline, and that just sucks."

After being called dyke in high school and her sexual identity still getting questioned at this stage in her career, Halsey's tired of her bisexuality being erased by "good girls" looking for a thrill.

"That narrative is so fucking damaging to bisexuality and its place in society," Halsey explains. "'Don't tell your mom' or 'We shouldn't do this' or 'This feels so wrong but it's so right.'" 

The lyrics Halsey mentioned are a close match to two particular songs,  Demi Lovato's "Cool for the Summer" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl." And Lovato noticed.

 

"You know a song is a hit when people are still talking about the lyrics two years later. #shhhhdonttellyourmother," the pop star tweeted after the Paper Magazine article began to circulate.

While some may argue that it's a stretch to call "Cool for the Summer" a hit when it only peaked at #11, many of her followers applauded Demi for the clapback. However, LGBT users were upset Lovato joked around instead of listening to the critique.

While Lovato's own sexuality is hazy, the exchange has raised multiple questions surrounding queer identities. Where does experimentation fall on the sexuality spectrum? Does this experimentation narrative erase people who identify as bisexual? And finally, will either of these pop girls ever get their own Top 10 hit?

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Taylor Henderson

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!