Why Halsey Slammed Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
Halsey performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and despite enjoying the whole experience, she came upon something that deeply upset her over the event. It was the transphobic comments the company’s chief marketing officer, Ed Raznek, made that the singer had a problem with.
Ed Raznek’s Problematic Comments
Vogue interviewed Ed Raznek where the marketing executive revealed that he thought that Vitoria’s Secret Fashion Show should not include transsexuals and transgenders because people perceive the show to be a fantasy.
“If you’re asking if we’ve considered putting a transgender model in the show or looked at putting a plus-size model in the show, we have.We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes (in 2000). No one had any interest in it, still don’t.”
Ed Raznek stated that the public was not interested in seeing models on the runway that weren’t the slim cisgender women people associate with Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. He assumed that since they didn’t once, they never will.
Halsey Finds Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Non-Inclusion A Problem
Halsey does not approve of the comments that Ed Raznek made about transsexuals. She thinks it’s a major problem that Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show only lets certain women to partake in the show. And that it ignores a large part of the LGBT population. Halsey herself being a bisexual woman, she found the on-inclusion of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show upsetting.
“As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity. Especially not one motivated by stereotype.”
Furthermore, Halsey urged her viewers to check out an organization that aims to protects the younger generation of the LGBTQ: GLSEN.
Ed Raznek Apologizes for His Comments
In Victoria’s Secret main twitter account, Ed Raznek made a statement acknowledging how offensive his comments were. He talked about how they have no problems with casting transgender models. Ed clarified that these transgender models weren’t chosen for a reason other than their gender.
Please read this important message from Ed Razek, Chief Marketing Officer, L Brands (parent company of Victoria’s Secret). pic.twitter.com/CW8BztmOaM
— Victoria's Secret (@VictoriasSecret) November 10, 2018