Fans slam Halsey for calling out Victoria's Secret's lack of inclusion, say she shouldn't have performed for the show in the first place
Halsey earlier called out Victoria's Secret for being non inclusive towards transgenders. However, fans think that she's just doing so as a part of a PR exercise
Since the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this year, the company has been at the receiving end of a lot of backlash for failing to provide representation to plus size and transgender models. While positive changes have been noticed in the fashion world at large, Victoria's Secret seems resistant to change. Singer Halsey was one of the performers at the show this year but she did an about face when she later on called out the lingerie brand for their lack of inclusion. However, fans think this is just Halsey's way of washing her hands off the controversy.
One fan wrote as a reply to her post, "If she was actually woke, she would have never performed, she only cares about distancing herself from it now because she doesn't want to get hate." Another fan echoed similar emotions, saying, "This company has literally disfranchised women of color and women who aren't skinny for so long and it was a well-known fact before Victoria's Secret said anything stupid so the fact that Halsey performed is just careless."
People were incensed after Victoria Secret's former CMO Ed Razek had earlier made a controversial statement when asked about the inclusion of transgenders in the brand. "Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should," he had said in an interview with Vogue. "Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special." Transsexuals is also considered to be an outdated and offensive term to describe people in the transgender community.
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"Im salty as hell right now, I've been a fan forever and Halsey doesn't care about body positivity," wrote another fan, "She only cares about things that she can do to make people like her, I'm a part of the LGBTQ community. If Halsey cared and had common decency she would have never shot there, to begin with. Newsflash they were crappy before they came out as transphobic and you're literally doing this to save yourself." Other fans accused her of making the statement just as a part of a PR exercise. "She's just a business like Victoria's Secret. I'm pretty sure it's for her own reputation," wrote a fan.
In an Instagram post, the 'Close' singer said on Sunday night, "As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity. Especially not one motivated by stereotype. If you’re a trans person reading this, and these comments have made you feel alienated or invalidated please know that you have allies,” Halsey concludes. “We stand in solidarity. And complete and total acceptance is the only ‘fantasy’ that I support…" Halsey was one of the singers from the show's performance roster, that included names like Shawn Mendes, Rita Ora, The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha, Leela James, Kelsea Ballerini, and The Struts.