Halsey Hey Buzzfeed
If you had your sexual orientation and the way you present it dissected under a headline that calls you a loser in loaded terms , you likely wouldn't be feeling so great. Halsey not only read the feature BuzzFeed wrote about her on this very subject, but responded.
And she is pissed .
On September 16, BuzzFeed published a feature entitled 'Why Queer Female Pop Stars Can't Win,' which takes a look at how Halsey 'performs her sexuality' in the broader, complicated context of pop music's embrace (or lack thereof) of out queer female talent. Using Halsey — who identifies as bisexual — as an example of this, the article asserts that she's backing off of visibly representing her queerness in her art, noting that the same-sex romance in one of her two music videos for 'Ghost' hasn't been reprised in her later work, and that she's been spending the last year 'collaborating with hyper-exposed men.'
From there, her friends and collaborators (Justin Bieber, Jared Leto, Ruby Rose, etc.) and their genders are name-checked and referenced, as are her television performances (including her 2016 MTV VMA performance with The Chainsmokers ) and her lyrics ('Halsey tends to use male pronouns or no pronouns at all, which doesn’t explicitly mean she’s hiding anything. But there’s a chance she might feel internal or external pressure to keep her songs appealing to a broad base').
These are all presented to make the case that her priorities — which used to include 'battling heteronormativity' — have changed, and that her success dictates how she expresses her sexuality due to industry pressure. The more popular she becomes, the straighter she presents, or so BuzzFeed says — and she has a big problem with that. She has since deleted her tweets , but she went all-in before doing so: 'tiresome analysis of my 1 year in the public eye and the ignorance of 8+ years of sexual discovery to determine if I'm truly queer. [And it] is part of a mentality so engrained in the erasure of bisexual 'credibility' even within the lgbt community.'
Halsey went on to voice her disappointment in BuzzFeed because they've been an ' ally ' to the LGBTQ community, and that it's upsetting 'even in its laughable self-awareness of its own stereo-typing.'
BuzzFeed has yet to address Halsey's comments. Same goes for Shannon Keating, the author of the piece.