A number of attendees on a Halsey Concert in Phoenix reportedly left last weekend as the singer began expressing her pro-choice views.
†Here in Arizona“You have to promise me that you’re going to do that work so that the person on your left and on your right has that right for the rest of their lives. If you don’t like it, you can go home now — I don’t care,” the “Without Me” lead singer said between songs about the right to abortion, allegedly provoking a number of people to do just that. do, according to the Los Angeles Times and Billboard.
She also reportedly led fans in a “my body, my choice” chant.
A concertgoer later tweeted, “THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO WAS CLOSED FROM THE HALSEY CONCERT AFTER A NIGHTMARE WHEN SPEAKING ABOUT ABORTION WERE SICK.”
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Halsey didn’t seem deterred, though. She retweeted it, writing, “downside of doing outdoor locations: no door to hit them on the way out.”
The singer had previously been outspoken about abortion rights.
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“I’ve been advocating abortion, reproductive rights and physical integrity for as long as I’ve had a platform and I’m running out of ways to articulate and frame the gravity of the impact fundamentalism is having on our country,” she says. tweeted on Friday, the same day the US Supreme Court voted 5-4 against overthrow Roe v. Wadewhich guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion.
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One person who claimed on Twitter that she left the concert early said it was not because she disagreed with the singer’s speech.
“I waited the whole show for her to play that (song) and give her speech and then I left because I have a five hour drive home and want to get ahead of the traffic leaving the hall,” she wrote. “Not everyone left because of what she said. It was my favorite part of the show lol.”
Another commentator stood up for the fans who got up and left.
“People go to concerts to enjoy the artists’ music, and not unexpectedly receive lectures on political or social issues that clash with their beliefs,” he wrote. “Just because other customers don’t agree with you doesn’t make them bad people… This mentality will eventually destroy us.”
Halsey also said in her speech that she once had an abortion that “saved” her life and that she had also struggled with infertility before her baby was born.
She and boyfriend Alev Aydin have a 1-year-old child.