Halsey’s abortion rights remarks prompt fans to leave concert

Halsey wished a good liberation to concertgoers leaving her Arizona show on Sunday as she took to the stage to speak out for reproductive rights.

On Monday, the “Without Me” hitmaker responded on Twitter to a fan who was disgusted by the number of people who left her concert at Phoenix’s Ak-Chin Pavilion amphitheater.

According to Twitter user @MariaRawrzattendees left the venue as Halsey spoke out against the Supreme Court’s reversal of the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision protecting abortion rights.

“Disadvantage of outdoor events: no door to hit them on the way out,” Halsey tweeted.

The Grammy nominee was among several musicians who protested the Supreme Court’s actions in front of a live audience this weekend. Among others who publicly denounced the coup were Olivia Rodrigo, Megan Thee Stallion, Phoebe Bridgers, Billie Eilish and Billie Joe Armstrong.

“If you’re pissed right now in this audience and you’re sharing stats on Instagram and infographics and you’re like … ‘This really sucks,’ you should instead be sharing stories about how you ‘I kind of benefited from abortion,'” Halsey said in concert recordings Monday uploaded by @stephxvg.

“The truth is, looking at this audience breaks my heart because I see so many people … who deserve the right to the healthcare they need. Who deserve the right to choose themselves in a situation where there is a choice.”

This isn’t the first time the “Closer” singer has used her platform to support reproductive autonomy. No sooner did news from the Supreme Court surface on Friday, a “defeated” Halsey tweeted that she was “running out of ways to articulate and articulate the seriousness of the impact that fundamentalism is having on our country”.

“Some of the people I’m looking at right now are going to need an abortion one day, and you deserve it,” she continued at the Ak Chin Pavilion in Phoenix.

“Whether it’s a life-threatening situation or not, you deserve it. And here in Arizona, you have to promise me that you will do this work so that the person on your left and on your right has that right for the rest of their lives.”

Halsey has performed with Beabadoobee, PinkPantheress, the Marias and Abby Roberts as part of her Love and Power Tour.

Perhaps noticing and addressing the concert-goers making their way to the exits, the pop musician added, “If you don’t like it, you can go home now. I do not care. If you don’t like it, I don’t know why you came to a Halsey concert.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-06-28/roe-vs-wade-supreme-court-abortion-halsey-concert Halsey’s abortion rights remarks prompt fans to leave concert

Sarah Ridley

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