Celebrating the massive success of her sophomore record hopeless fountain kingdom, Halsey proved once again she's no stranger to controversy. In a recent interview, the pop superstar somehow managed to throw a mountain of shade at two different musicians, all while defending her own "socially conscious" image. Get ready - this story has as much drama as a Shakespearean tragedy.
It all began when Quavo (one third of mumble-rap group, Migos) was heavily criticized for his comments about fellow hip-hop star iLoveMakonnen. Despite claiming to be proud of Atlanta's diverse music scene, Quavo made some pretty homophobic remarks about Makonnen in a cringe-worthy Rolling Stone feature. Quavo seemed to imply that fans only supported Makonnen's coming out because of the novelty of being a gay hip-hop artist. Yikes.
So it came as a big surprise that Quavo was featured on Halsey's new album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. Halsey isn't shy about her bisexual identity, and her song "Strangers" was even crowned the next best LGBTQ+ anthem. But when asked about Quavo's alleged homophobia, she claimed the rapper is just misunderstood. She then went on to say, "Just because I choose to be a socially conscious artist, and I'm pretty good at it, that doesn't mean every artist is going to be equipped to be politically correct." Yikes.
Needless to say fans weren't too pleased with this ridiculous comment. Not only does Halsey low-key defend Quavo's homophobia, she basically says that she's too much of a woke artist to even be bothered by it. Instead of making excuses for other artists' ignorance, she could have tried to inform those new artists who are maybe unaware of the impact of their words. She claims to be an advocate for marginalized groups, but hardly ever acts like one.
But wait - there's more.
For some reason, Halsey thought it would be a good idea to keep talking. Clearly wanting to keep up her appearance as an upstanding member of several minority communities, Halsey was quick to say she would never work with Iggy Azalea. "She had a complete disregard for black culture. Fucking moron. I watched her career dissolve and it fascinated me."
I mean, really? What kind of feminist takes pleasure in watching another woman's downfall? Cultural appropriation is a serious social crime, and Iggy isn't innocent, but Halsey always wants to remind people of her diverse background as a way to make up for her often misguided comments, then hardly ever admits to being in the wrong.
The saga continued when Iggy made a surprisingly level-headed response to Halsey's unnecessary shade yesterday. "It's a bit weird to bring someone up in an interview that you weren't asked about," the Australian artist said. "I don't know her, I've never met her, I've never interacted with her in any capacity." Polite and to the point, but blatantly avoids the main issue of cultural appropriation. Maybe next time...
All this drama reads like an absurd soap opera with an entire cast of C-list stars, but I'd much rather focus on this than the current state of the American government.
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