Halsey has weighed in on the Victoria’s Secret controversy following Ed Razek’s “insensitive” transgender remark after making a donation to an LGBTQ organization and encouraging others to do the same.
The underwear company’s chief marketing officer Razek came under fire days after the brand’s annual Fashion Show following comments he made in an interview with U.S. Vogue in which he insisted he had considered casting transgender and plus-sized models in the latest spectacle but decided against doing so because the company “did not market to the whole world”.
“Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show?” he mused. “No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special.”
He later apologized on social media for coming across as “insensitive”.
Halsey was one of the musical performers at the Fashion Show, which aired on U.S. television on Sunday night (02Dec18), and took to Instagram to admit she’s more than a little disappointed with the label following Razek’s remarks.
“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,” she wrote.
“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.”
Encouraging her fans to direct their attention to organization GLSEN, which offers services protecting LGBTQ+ youth, Halsey continued: “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.”
And concluding her post, the singer referenced Razek’s interview.
“If you are a trans person reading this, and these comments have made you feel alienated or invalidated, please know that you have allies,” she stated. “We stand in solidarity, and complete and total acceptance is the only ‘fantasy’ that I support.”
– Cover Media0