Halsey criticizes Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show over transphobic controversy

Following her performance at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which aired Sunday night, Halsey is making it clear that she does not agree with the anti-trans comments made by the company’s Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek.

In a letter to Instagram posted Sunday, the singer wrote that it had been a dream of hers to appear in the show. Yet, her performance was filmed before Razek gave a controversial interview to Vogue last month, in which he commented that he didn’t think the show should include “transsexuals” because “the show is a fantasy.”

“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,” he said. “We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes (in 2000). No one had any interest in it, still don’t.” 

Halsey clarified in her letter that she did not agree with the comments, and directed viewers to check out GLSEN, an organization that protects LGBTQ youth.

“I have adored the Victorias (sic) 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,” Halsey wrote in her post. “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,” wrote Halsey, who has long identified as bisexual. “Especially not one motivated by stereotype.”

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