Several attendees at a Halsey concert in Phoenix, Arizona left the event after the artist’s pro-choice message.
via: Page Six
Halsey fans in Arizona left the singer’s show after they told audience members to scram if they supported the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Giving an impassioned speech about the recent US Supreme Court ruling about abortion rights, Halsey — who goes by pronouns she/they — told a Phoenix crowd that their “heart breaks” looking out at people who “deserve the right to healthcare” and the “right to choose.”
“If you’re mad in this audience right now, and you’re sharing statistics on Instagram and infographics and saying … ‘That’s really f–ked up,’ what you should do instead is you should be sharing stories about how you’ve benefited from abortion somehow,” they said in video from Sunday’s show.
The “Closer” singer, 27, then urged attendees to “promise” to “put in the work” amid the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark ruling.
“Some of the people I’m looking at right now are going to need an abortion one day, and you deserve that,” they said.
The mom of one concluded her speech, “If you don’t like it, you can go home right now. I don’t care. If you don’t like it, I don’t know why you came to a Halsey concert.”
An audience member later tweeted, “THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO JUST WALKED OUT OF THE HALSEY CONCERT AFTER NIGHTMARE WHEN SHE SPOKE ABOUT ABORTION WAS SICKENING. FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT. #AbortionRightsAreHumanRights #MYBODYMYCHOICE #halsey @halsey.”
Halsey noticed the tweet, and quipped in response, “downside of doing outdoor venues: no door to hit them on the way out.”
On Wednesday morning they tweeted, “Honored to have my audience. Proud they cultivate a space where emotion and action meet. Love doing what I do. And expect me to always tell the truth when I get up there. Show must go on.”
Halsey also hit back at people who said they paid to hear them sing, not hear their views.
“No, you paid to see me use a stage as a form of expression in the manner that I choose. Sorry you lack the critical thinking to realize that the rhetorical power of music doesn’t always serve your escapism,” they wrote.
Following the court’s decision last Friday, 13 states have “trigger laws” that call for the banning of abortion up to 30 days after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey signed an anti-abortion law in March that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy except if necessary to save the mother’s life, but it’s unclear when that would take affect.
While there’s still a lot of uncertainty in the state, AZ Central reported Friday that Planned Parenthood of Arizona paused all abortions, both medical and surgical. Seven of nine licensed providers in the state immediately halted abortions.
halsey’s speech about abortion in arizona tonight. i love them forever pic.twitter.com/mGnbK6V8yc
— emo steph (@stephxvg) June 27, 2022