Halsey Hits Back at BuzzFeed Article: ‘Sorry I’m Not Gay Enough For You’
The article, titled "What Does a Queer Pop Star Look Like in 2016?," is a long-form essay which analyzes Halsey's sexuality in relation to her status as a celebrity, particularly as a pop artist, and how her image impacts mainstream visibility, whether negatively or positively, for the LGBTQ+ community.
The "Closer" singer, who is openly bisexual, spoke out against the article on Saturday (September 16), tweeting at the media site, "Sorry I'm not gay enough for you."
Claiming that the essay feeds into the erasure of bisexuality by focusing much of its analysis simply on the perceived binary between "gayness" and "straightness," Halsey called the piece a "tiresome analysis of my 1 year in the public eye and the ignorance of 8+ years of sexual discovery to determine if I'm truly queer."
"[This] is part of a mentality so engrained [sic] in the erasure of bisexual 'credibility' even within the lgbt community," she wrote in another tweet, slamming BuzzFeed for what many are considering an offensive article which posits that the performer may be trying to appeal to mainstream audience through her appearance (i.e. how she wears her hair or the feminine/masculine nature of her clothing) among other factors, including which pronouns she utilizes in her lyrics.
"One could look at her Instagram, her music videos, and her guy-heavy song lyrics and discern that she’s a one-of-the-boys kind of girl, someone who may appear to sit on the straighter end of the Kinsey scale," reads the BuzzFeed article in one paragraph focused on the artist's appearance social media. "But one could also read her as a classic Lez Bro, masculine-leaning and simply more comfortable around other masculine people."
Read Halsey's take-down of the piece on Twitter, below:
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