Halsey has responded to reports that some fans left their recent concert in Phoenix during a talk about abortion rights.
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On Sunday’s (June 26) show, Halsey encouraged fans to take a stand on reproductive rights and delivered a strong speech about the need to be active following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade to nullify abortion.
“This has been going on for a damn long time,” Halsey told about 20,000 concertgoers at the Ak-Chin Pavilion. “I know we want to sit at home and wait for a revolutionary to come, to make a difference, but no one fucking comes.”
They continued: “No one is fucking coming. It’s up to each of you, myself, every person in this building to do our damn part to protect bodily autonomy and bodily integrity. To protect medical privacy.”
Halsey received a burst of cheers from their crowd, then led a chant, shouted “my body” and urged the audience to respond with “my choice”.
A Twitter user has since claimed that a number of concertgoers left the venue during the ‘You Should Be Sad’ singer’s speech. “The number of people who just left the Halsey concert after ‘Nightmare’ when she talked about abortion was sickening. Fight for what is right,” they tweeted.
Halsey responded yesterday (June 28) by tweeting, “Drawback of doing outdoor locations: No door to hit them on the way out.”
downside of doing outdoor locations: no door to hit them on the way out 👋🏼 https://t.co/qc8q8mshd9
— h (@halsey) June 28, 2022
Ahead of Sunday’s show, Halsey took to social media to share their thoughts on Roe v Wade’s overthrow.
“I’m running out of ways to articulate and frame the gravity of the impact fundamentalism is having on our country,” they said, noting that they “need a little time to talk to some people with more authority.” and experience than I and gather my thoughts.”
“I don’t just want to contribute to hostile noise,” they continued. “I’m just beaten right now.”
Halsey has long been vocal in their advocacy of reproductive rights. They have spoken candidly about their own reproductive health challenges and have addressed Roe v Wade on several occasions. For example, during the first show of their current ‘Love And Power’ tour, they showed a video with facts about the importance of safe access to abortions.
During their show in Phoenix, Halsey showed a similar video while performing “Nightmare.” They also presented a slideshow that read in part: “This catastrophic assault on physical autonomy will only lead to more dangerous legislation, with the most impact on vulnerable communities. Don’t wait for revolutionaries to change the world. Be the revolutionaries. Nobody comes to do the work for us. The work is ours and we must do it now.”
In recent days, hundreds of artists have spoken out against the official destruction of Roe v. Wade. Many did so during their sets at Glastonbury 2022, including IDLES, Billie Eilish, Lorde, Olivia Rodrigo, Jarvis Cocker, Phoebe Bridgers and Kendrick Lamar.
Meanwhile, Lizzo has partnered with Live Nation – which will showcase its upcoming ‘Special’ tour – to donate $1 million (£815,000) in funds to organizations providing safe access to abortions.