Earlier this month, Victoria’s Secret came under controversy when chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, made insensitive comments to Vogue about plus-sized and transgender models. “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,” Razek told the publication. The exec apologized for his comments, but that didn’t stop celebrities from speaking up.
“Oh Vicky, it’s new age of accountability. You’ve passed on the opportunity already,” Broadway star and RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Peppermint wrote. “No one’s forcing you to cast transfolk so please don’t tokenize or patronize. IF inclusion & diversity is important, it’ll be evident from now on.”
The show, which was taped Nov. 8, featured performances from Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, Kelsea Ballerini and more. Just as last night’s (Dec. 2) televised airing of the special started, Halsey posted a statement to Instagram, saying she has “no tolerance for a lack of inclusively.”
“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,” the “Without Me” hitmaker said in an Instagram post.
The bisexual musician encouraged fans to check out a LGBTQ nonprofit: “If you’re on my page because you watched my performance tonight, please allow me to instead direct your attention to GLSEN: an organization that offers services aimed at protecting LGBTQ+ youth.”
She also addressed transgender fans directly. “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…”
Halsey also noted that she made a “sizable donation” in honor of “youth targeted by these comments in a world where they have been made to feel ‘other’.”
Learn more about GLSEN here and check out Halsey’s Instagram post below.