In The Defense Of Halsey
In The Defense Of Halsey
Recently Halsey’s 2nd album - Hopeless Fountain Kingdom - peaked at #1 on the billboard charts making her the first woman to do that this year ( with Lady Gaga’s “Joanne” being the last one 7 months ago). With this amazing news, it became clear to me that Halsey has a pretty major PR problem. While this hasn’t affected her albums sales that much,it is pretty mainstream to hate Halsey . This criticism is confusing to me because it just seems random. I think it’s really funny how people choose to hate Halsey over some other people, but before I go into that let's provide some background info on her.
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane ( September 29, 1994), aka Halsey , is an American singer and songwriter from Washington, New Jersey. Her stage name is a reference to the Halsey Street station of the New York City Subway in Brooklyn, and an anagram of her first name. She is internet-procaimed ‘tri-bi’ (a label Frangipane absolutely hates after she got pusback from it) which refers to her being bircial, bisexual, and bipolar. She has an eccentric personality, is very attractive, dresses provocatively, loves having blue hair, has lots of tattoos, and loves to keep the sides of her head shaved. These are all things that she seems to be pretty self aware about.
So where does the hate come in? Some very quick research into this provided a plethora of material. The main issues being:
I'm concerned for her boobs. can they breathe?????? https://t.co/sHp7ILo8Ig— k (@kat4tner) June 9, 2017
Halsey fans are overweight ugly crybabies pic.twitter.com/FHkc9pG4vY— who (@HoliestTerra) June 13, 2017
me anytime i hear someone rant about how terrible halsey is for some stupid reason: pic.twitter.com/8qF08Sk0H6— Rusty Shackleford (@cryptidcutie) June 6, 2017
she's so dumb. halsey needs to realise she a manufactured pop artist and get over it. you're not alternative, you never have been https://t.co/7LlqugSR64— zoellie (@holyswifts) May 19, 2017
Halsey is so dumb. Of course no one calls Kendrick a pop star because he is a RAPPER meanwhile she struggles to make pop music pic.twitter.com/V4VSCvjEQF— maria (@newromanhtics) May 18, 2017
Halsey sucks don't @ me— ℌell (@hamdarko) June 7, 2017
Disregarding the teenagers’s claim, all of these sound like the main theme of hating Halsey has more to do with her as a person and little to do with her music. One of our editors pointed out that she “sounds like every EDM singer ever” but that person listens to Lil Uzi Vert, so I’m writing them off as a jealous hater. Nevertheless, none of these actually have anything to do with her music at all; something Halsey has recognized on multiple occasions - whether it be about her being bisexual, bipolar, “tri-bi,” or just not being genuine it seems to be all ad hominem attacks.
But most of the hate seems to stem from her infamous Rolling Stone interview.
The key takeaways are this -
Halsey came off as an eccentric, sratty party girl from the very beginning
After getting accepted into the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, she quit school, and her parents kicked her out - leaving her homeless - where she struggled to get by.
She has attempted suicide and has since then been diagnosed with bipolar disorder which has affected her trajectory significantly.
She has had a miscarriage and performed afterwards
Now I admit that all of this is a lot to take in. Truthfully as a bipolar person myself, I actually understand where she’s coming from and her actions. They are irrational, over the top, and seem to not make since; all things that I completely deal with constantly. However, many people do not share my sentiment and question the validity of her story, and even criticize her for exploiting the various communities she’s identifying with. While these critics may have a valid point in some cases, many seem to be objectively unfair. For example, when pressed on her sexuality she responded…
And in that same interview, she addressed that people need to see her as more than “tri-bi.”
There are even people questioning the validity about her bipolar disorder, which struck me as very strange and outright offensive. Her story seemed genuine, was evocative of my own experiences, and I too hate lithium. If viewing from a vindictive lens one could easily question every single claim she has made, however to question who she is based off malice is pure hatred, especially since she’s brought more attention to the disorder and has been a beacon showing people struggling with it that they can still be successful. (PS even go mentioned in /r/bipolar ). So until proven otherwise, you're just a hater, and stop it.
In addition, people had an issue with her “fakeness” and lumping in the “fakeness” with a few other criticisms, one can just call these hating motherfuckers critics petty. For example the claiming NY but from NJ thing is hardly relevant since that’s common in the tri state area, and many of the people calling her fake refer to her “bullying” people on twitter in her youth; and plagiarizing songs from Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift. This stems for Halsey proudly claiming that she is music fan and writes her own songs. Undoubtedly, she has been inspired by these artist but the disdain is not proportional, especially since many other artists (rap artists) don't even have lyrics, and no one says anything. In addition, besides the (sometimes overly) melodramatic content of her lyrics, Halsey seemingly having an ingenuine personality seems incredibly strange since she is one of the most eccentric personalities in pop culture right now - bar Lady Gaga. It seems that when someone genuine comes along with no scandals people can't really handle themselves. Lastly, while we are here, Halsey is on record saying she can't sing and goes to defend herself...
Nevertheless, it infuriates me that people love to hate on a talented singer/songwriter who has amazing cross appeal for being herself while they support actual criminals who have harmed people and made songs about it (despite her infamously kissing a 15 year old fan once). She has an incredible story and is the underdog that made it to the big leagues whose very inspiring while openly talking about feminism , mental health, and progressive rights; an artist that people love to hate because she's popular and amazing. Faking bipolar disorder would only hurt her, as well as faking being queer; It’s almost like her having a personality and not conforming to social norms gets people heated, but you know…. She does not deserve any of the hate she gets, and let's not pretend like you hate her for any actual valid reason - PSA hating her will not make your life better. Anyway, support Halsey’s latest album “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom ,“ which is incredible by the way, and if you have any response please do not hesitate to comment.