Halsey put the The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on blast following derogatory comments made by the VP of Public Relations, Ed Razek.
Halsey performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special, taped in November, then waited for the special to air before she slammed the company, namely Razek, for his outspoken comments made about the transgender / LGBTQ community in a recent interview with Vogue.
Vogue asked Razek about competing brands “that are putting trans women in their advertisements” and “women who are size 40.”
Razek said, “If you’re asking if we’ve considered putting a transgender model in the show or looked at putting a plus-size model in the show, we have.”
Here’s where it gets particularly problematic: “Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No, I don’t think we should,” Razek said. “Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special. That’s what it is.”
The term “transsexuals” is outdated, and claiming transgendered people can’t create a fantasy is simply ignorant.
Halsey took to social media and released a statement.
“I have adored the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since I was young,” she said. “Performing this year alongside other amazing artists and hard-working models/friends was supposed to be the best night of my year. However, after I filmed the performance, some comments were made regarding the show that I simply cannot ignore.”
She added: “As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity.”
“Especially not one motivated by stereotype,” she wrote. “If you’re on my page because you watched my performance tonight, please allow me instead to direct your attention to GLSEN: An organization that offers services aimed at protecting LGBTQ+ youth. And with respect to those youth targeted by these comments in a world where they have been made to feel ‘other,’ I have made a sizeable donation in their honor.”
“If you are a trans person reading this, and these comments have made you feel alienated or invalidated please know that you have allies,” “The “Without Me” singer added.
“We stand in solidarity,” Halsey continued. “And complete and total acceptance is the only ‘fantasy’ that I support.”
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