Halsey Speaks Out Against Victoria’s Secret Following CMO’s Comments About Transsexuals
You may have seen Halsey hit the stage for at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year, but the singer is not exactly happy to be associated with the famous lingerie brand right now.
As the show aired on Sunday, December 2nd, Halsey hit social media to let fans know exactly where she stood after chief marketing officer Ed Razek‘s recent comments on transsexuals. In case you missed that Razek told Vogue in an interview:
“So it’s like, why don’t you do 50? Why don’t you do 60? Why don’t you do 24?,” he said, referencing criticism about sizes not offered by the Victoria’s Secret brand. “It’s like, why doesn’t your show do this? Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. 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. It is the only one of its kind in the world, and any other fashion brand in the world would take it in a minute, including the competitors that are carping at us. And they carp at us because we’re the leader. They don’t talk about each other. I accept that. I actually respect it. Cool. But we’re nobody’s third love. [Editor’s note: ThirdLove is a competitor that has received investment from a former CEO of Victoria’s Secret stores.] We’re their first love. And Victoria’s Secret has been women’s first love from the beginning.”
Halsey didn’t let his comments slide.
“I have adored the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since I was young. 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. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity. Especially not one motivated by stereotype,” she wrote.
Redirecting attention to GLSEN.org, Halsey said she’d made a “sizable donation” to the organization in honor of those youth who felt targeted by Razek’s comments.
“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.”
See her entire statement below.