Halsey Defends 'Strangers' Video After Fans Say It's 'Not Gay Enough'
21 June 2018, 12:50 | Updated: 19 November 2018, 14:23
Halsey - Strangers ft. Lauren Jauregui
"I wish it was gayer"
Featuring former Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui, the video finds the two beating seven shades of shit of out each other in a boxing ring. The fake blood is on point, the resting bitch faces are brutal and Halsey's wigs are giving us life. It's everything we needed and more.
The song has become a bit of an anthem for Halsey's LGBTQ fans since its release last year, taken from her second album hopeless fountain kingdom, as the song features female pronouns and details Halsey's struggle to move on from a toxic relationship. It's what we like to call a bisexual bop.
This has lead to the expectation from some fans that the video would involve some girl-on-girl action to the video. In response to a tweet from a fan who said they wished the video "was gayer", Halsey wrote about the reasoning behind the boxing theme and why there isn't any romantic or sexual scenes between Halsey and Lauren's characters.
"I just wanted the metaphor to apply to any kind of relationship", she wrote. "It was a hard situation. The song is obviously my effort towards greater representation but I didn’t want to make the clickbait sexy vid everyone wanted, cause it does no justice to the narrative of the song I wrote".
Halsey explained that the video is intended as a metaphor for a toxic relationship. "You beat each other down as u get weaker & more desperate ur shots get dirty & you fight cheap. You lose sight of what ur even fighting for. When someone finally wins, what have they really won? won a fight. lost the person you love."
The vid is a metaphor for a toxic relationship. You beat eachother down as u get weaker & more desperate ur shots get dirty & you fight cheap. You lose sight of what ur even fighting for. When someone finally wins, what have they really won? won a fight. lost the person you love— h (@halsey) June 20, 2018
I just wanted the metaphor to apply to any kind of relationship. It was a hard situation. The song is obviously my effort towards greater representation but I didn’t want to make the clickbait sexy vid everyone wanted, cause it does no justice to the narrative of the song I wrote https://t.co/HtjnqvMCxN— h (@halsey) June 20, 2018
Tell it like it is, sis!
Some fans just weren't getting it and Halsey had to lay down some facts for them.
Luna and Rosa are a couple. Who are forced to fight and it breaks Luna’s heart to have to fight the person she loves. Much like it feels being a toxic relationship. https://t.co/b16Fl4sGId— h (@halsey) June 20, 2018
The video isn’t “straight”. The video is part of a series in a concept album about my actual life. 🤷🏼♀️ https://t.co/AwWz3XddhS— h (@halsey) June 20, 2018
It literally IS a bisexual story. Luna has romantic relationships with both Rosa and Solis. Her relationship with a man doesn’t nullify her bisexuality. Not in an imaginary music video universe and not in real life either !!!!!! Ok!!!!!! https://t.co/xVP73hwdeS— h (@halsey) June 20, 2018
im so proud of the Strangers video Lauren & I trained really hard to pull off those boxing scenes. My heart broke when I saw the 1st cut seeing us get bloodied + bruised and equating it to the metaphor the vid is meant to represent. That’s really how a toxic relationship can feel— h (@halsey) June 21, 2018
We're with Halsey on this one. She's sticking to her concept and representing her bisexuality in a way that's true to her. It's not really fair to say it's not "gay enough" just because you wanted a more romantic or sexual video. The song is about the fallout of a toxic relationship and the video does a pretty good job in bringing that to life. End of.
On a more positive note, Halsey also confirmed that another video with be coming to wrap up the HFK era and that it "will help piece everything together". We can't wait!