Halsey Responds to Backlash After 'The Voice' Finale Performance: 'Representation Matters'

Halsey appeared on the finale episode of The Voice last night (Dec. 18) to perform her hit “Without Me” with her dance collaborator Jade Chynoweth. While the live audience was living for her performance, there were a significant number of individuals on Twitter who called her performance “inappropriate” for television.

Halsey took a moment on Twitter to talk about her performance, and to also call out her online detractors. “Very proud of the emotional performance i did with @JadeChynoweth on @NBCTheVoice tonight,” she wrote on Twitter. “And also very proud to have pissed off the homophobic viewers at home who missed the message. Thanks for watching.”

During the performance, which is not yet viewable online, Halsey presented a contemporary dance, with Chynoweth playing the role of her partner.

The “Bad at Love” singer also retweeted a message from a viewer who called an onstage embrace between her and Chynoweth “disgusting.” Halsey simply responded to their message by saying “I too find hugs DISGUSTING !!!”

Along with clapping back to her critics, Halsey thanked both NBC and Chynoweth for helping her create a queer-centric performance on national television.

“Represen[tation] matters. Thanks @NBCTheVoice for giving a space for this vision to come to life,” she wrote. “And thank you @JadeChynoweth for being an incredible human who used her body like the ultimate instrument for this collaboration.”

See Halsey's tweets below.

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