Singer Halsey gave a pro-abortion speech at her Phoenix concert Sunday, and it apparently prompted some attendees to leave the venue, the Los Angeles Times reported.
At least one of the singer's like-minded fans was not happy about the audience departure, calling it "sickening":
Halsey took her own shot at those who departed her show, writing in response to the above fan's tweet, “Downside of doing outdoor venues: no door to hit them on the way out."
Halsey's clap back at those who left her concert has received over 91,000 likes since Monday night.
While one might expect a ton of support for Halsey on her Twitter page, a surprising number of commenters blasted the singer right back for her comment. Here are but a few examples:
- "I wouldn’t sit and listen to any political speech, Right or Left, when I paid to be entertained," one commenter wrote. "We see/hear enough politics on TV, radio, and the internet. The same reason I stopped watching entertainment awards shows. It’s not entertainment. But you do you."
- "How dare people be bombarded at work, home, media with activism.. save up some money to see their favorite singer and a break from the daily toil only to show up for more lectures and then decide to walk out?! Stay and listen to the pop singer lecture or you’re a bigot!" another user pointed out.
- "If Halsey had the unfortunate fate of being 'aborted,' she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to give that speech, or even sing or have a career for that matter," another commenter said.
What did Halsey say at her show?
In one clip, Halsey — stalking the stage from one end of it to the other — told audience members that if they're "sharing statistics on Instagram and infographics and saying ... ‘That’s really f***ed up,’ what you should do instead is you should be sharing stories about how you’ve benefited from abortion somehow."
She added, “The truth is that my heart breaks looking out into this audience, because I see so many people ... who deserve the right to health care that they need. Who deserve the right to choose themselves in a situation where there is a choice.”
Halsey also said "some of the people I’m looking at right now are going to need an abortion one day, and you deserve that. Whether it’s a life-threatening situation, or it’s not, you deserve it. And here in Arizona, you guys gotta promise me that you’re gonna do that work so that the person to the left of you and to the right of you has that right for the rest of their lives.”
She then told detractors in the crowd, "If you don’t like it, you can go home right now. I don’t care," as she motioned such attendees to the exits. "If you don’t like it, I don’t know why you came to a Halsey concert ...” Apparently some of them took her up on her offer.
Here's the clip. Content warning: Language:
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, Halsey tweeted, "I have been advocating for abortion, reproductive rights, and bodily integrity for as long as I’ve had a platform, and I’m running out of ways to word and frame the severity of the impact that fundamentalism has on our country."
She added, "I know some of you look to my page for information or guidance, but I need a little bit of time to speak to some people with more authority and experience than me and gather my thoughts. I don’t want to just contribute to antagonistic noise. I’m just defeated at the moment."