Singer Halsey must have experienced a little cognitive dissonance after she performed on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special.
The show aired Sunday but was filmed in November, the same day a controversy erupted over Ed Razek’s remarks in a Vogue interview. Razek is the senior creative at Victoria’s Secret and the chief marketing officer at their parent company.
During the interview, Razek said:
“I think we address the way the market is shifting on a constant basis. 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. We invented the plus-size model show in what was our sister division, Lane Bryant. Lane Bryant still sells plus-size lingerie, but it sells a specific range, just like every specialty retailer in the world sells a range of clothing. As do we. We market to who we sell to, and we don’t market to the whole world.
“We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it, still don’t.”
When asked about including transgender women in the show, he responded:
“Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? 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.”
Those comments did not sit well with Halsey, who came out as bisexual in 2017.
She took to Instagram with a statement of her own, saying:
“I have adored the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since I was young. Performing this year alongside other amazing artists and hardworking 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.
“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 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. We stand in solidarity, and complete and total acceptance is the only ‘fantasy’ that I support…”
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People were supportive of the singer clarifying her position.
— CParks (@sunrainsunrain) December 3, 2018
— YUNGBLUD (@yungblud) December 3, 2018
THIS is why i love you so much. thank you love<3
— jen & dre (@aureumroses) December 3, 2018
you making this statement one hour before the show starts is so powerful UGH YOUR MIND pic.twitter.com/6CC1olzsRs
— Lu (@lumilkovich) December 3, 2018
I did not know who you were until a few weeks ago when someone linked something to a tweet. I do know that I'm glad I followed you after that. The world needs as many of you as we can find. Keep the faith for my daughter and others like her struggling. Thank you very much.
— Carl Blauvelt (@carlblauvelt) December 3, 2018
this is very special ❤️
— aidan (@aidan) December 3, 2018
thank you so much for speaking out about this <3
— lana (@asaloneiam) December 3, 2018
FUCK I LOVE YOU SO MUCH
— ruby (@NOVABRASILIANA) December 3, 2018
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS
— mina 🔮🖤 (@devoidedcolour) December 3, 2018
Holy mother fucking MAD respect to @halsey for speaking out against her own performance at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and speaking up for the LGBTQ+ community. She had two choices and I absolutely think she made the right one
— Ginger Wesson❩ ➡️NYE 360 (@GingerWesson) December 3, 2018
But some folks found Halsey’s words problematic.
You still cashed their check tho, right?
— Patti (@pattiscanlon) December 3, 2018
You should probably avoid doing performances or aligning yourself with organizations who do t share the same beliefs then 🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️
— jess belmosto (@jessbelmosto) December 3, 2018
Because it wasn’t obvious during or before the performance, or since th first VS show ever, that VS is a brand completely hung up on stereotypes and non-inclusive? Was she blindfolded the whole time?
At least she’s shedding light and $ on a good cause, AFTER public pressure. 🙄
— Gigi F. Diaz (@voidofchill) December 3, 2018
what about their comments about plus size women?
— GRACE 🌲 (@ggard99) December 3, 2018
Did you hand money back
— Craig ( Willie) Wilson (@uexpectme2talk) December 3, 2018
so, you performed for them, which you had 0 ethical dilemma to do so. you accepted funds from a company that goes against your values and then you made a "sizable" donation but kept some for yourself. you know.. actions are louder than word's. you contradicting yourself. pic.twitter.com/okPiFL0168
— noneya3087 (@noneya3087) December 3, 2018
I mean you wear underwear and cater to the whims of hyper sexual men that stare at you. Did you ever think the majority of the market wouldn't want to see a man who suffers from Gender Disphoria in a thong? Oh but you are loving those checks though. You are Societal Degradation.
— Amanda McKim (@mandymckim) December 3, 2018
Gosh if you weren't so phony I would've liked you. This statement is disingenuous it came after you were paid for your performance. You didn't critize them prior to that. Social justice movement isn't a seasonal trend. Take a several seat all the way back with your fake activism.
— KD Global Nomad (@kiwi_kd) December 3, 2018
It’s difficult to please everyone.