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10 October 2017, 11:48
Halsey's taking no prisoners in this video from her show in Washington.
Halsey stopped her show last night (09/10) in Washington to give a speech in defence of safe spaces for queer fans after she spotted what looked like people leaving during her performance of 'Strangers'.
The song, which features Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony, is about a same-sex relationship between two women. The lyrics use a lot of female pronouns, which Halsey acknowledged was a deliberate decision to make sure people understood the song to be an unapologetic anthem for lesbian and bisexual women. Halsey has also never shied away from acknowledging her bisexuality in public.
In short, Halsey shows are hella gay and you'd think everyone would know that by now, but apparently not. During her performance of 'Strangers', Halsey spotted a couple of people leaving and then wonders whether the LGBTQ theme of the song was too much for those fans, so she decides to lay down the law of what to expect at a Halsey show and it's actually iconic.
"I saw a couple of people who looked like they might have, maybe, walked out during that last song. That's not really a problem that we've ever had here before, so I just want to take the time to remind everyone that if you come to this concert you are agreeing to a part of a safe space for everybody in the room. And you bought a ticket to see a queer girl who loves her queer fans very fucking much. You see, I want to make sure you guys have the best night of your lives tonight and I'm going to do every thing i can to make sure that happen."
Amen to that! It's entirely possible that the fans just walked out because they had to leave early, or needed a drink, but it's still cool that Halsey would take time out from her performance to make sure all her fans felt comfortable. Well done Halsey!