In a world full of bigotry and hatred, it’s important that there are people that use their platforms to speak on important issues. These people use any form of art to take and express their thoughts and feelings with an audience.
Halsey, a biracial and bisexual woman, is exactly what the music industry needs. She uses her position in this industry to bring attention to the hardest issues our country faces and does so extremely well. She has become a role model for many young women, including myself, to evolve into our true selves. She stands for feminism, black lives, the LGBTQ+ community, and speaking on stigmatized health topics.
She is exactly the type of celebrity leader we need, and it is extremely vital that she is a woman.
Off her sophomore album, hopeless fountain kingdom, Halsey’s song “Strangers” is her first piece in which she uses female pronouns. Although she said she’s written about same-sex relationships before, she’s kept the pronouns gender-neutral to adapt to anyone’s situation, but
the use of female pronouns in this song gives bisexual and gay women an outlet which they can relate to. Halsey openly singing about her bisexuality indicates that she is proud of the woman she is, and that is necessary for anyone that needs someone to look up to.
One trait of Halsey’s that is magnifying is her endless female empowerment and fearless expression of her sexuality. Her song “Hurricane” off her debut album Badlands exemplifies her fierce independence:
“I’m a wanderess
I’m a one night stand
Don’t belong to city, don’t belong to no man
I’m the violence in the pouring rain,
I’m a hurricane.”
Her music is about the strength she has built to leave toxic, abusive relationships despite unrest in her mind. In “100 Letters,” she sings in the opening:
“Well King Midas put his hands on me again
He said one day I’d realize why I don’t have any friends
I find myself alone at night unless I’m having sex
But he can make me golden if I just showed some respect.
But I don’t let him touch me anymore
I said ‘I’m not something to butter up and taste when you get bored
Cause I have spent too many nights on dirty bathroom floors
To find some peace and quiet right behind a wooden door.’”
Both Badlands and hopeless fountain kingdom are concept albums, each covering topics including mental illness in “Control,” self-image (and mental illness) in “Gasoline,” female empowerment in “Hurricane” and “Don’t Play,” sexuality in “Heaven in Hiding” and “Strangers,” just to name a few. Her background strengthens her music and gives it the extra depth it needs to where it’s raw, real, and emotional. Her lyrics give hope to people finding the strength to leave abusive relationships and give hope to people struggling with mental illness.
Halsey is a woman who is endlessly sharing her thoughts on these brushed-over topics through her music. Halsey is a woman expressing her sexuality and showing others it’s okay if they do the same. Halsey is a woman who tackles important issues in her music and on her social media and accepts the opportunity to learn when she’s incorrect. Halsey is a woman showing other women the key is to be yourself and vital to speak loud.
By Sydney Ishmael.