Halsey speaks after German radio host Matthias Matuschik sparked outrage by comparing K-pop group BTS to the novel coronavirus.
The 26-year-old pop star blasted Matuschik on Friday in a statement posted to his Instagram Stories.
She has a personal connection to the hugely popular Korean boy group after co-writing and performing on their 2019 single Boy With Luv.
Standing up for friends: Halsey, 26, came to the defense of K-pop group BTS in an Instagram statement Friday after German radio host Matthias Matuschik compared them to coronavirus; seen in January 2020 in LA
Halsey wrote in her statement that she was ‘horrified’ by Matuschik’s comments, which she said were an example of ‘racism and xenophobia’.
“I am horrified to read Matthias Matuschik’s comments,” she began.
“Racism and xenophobia cannot be thinly veiled as ‘aerial humor’. Irresonable and disgusting statements at a time when hate speech and violent behavior towards Asian communities is skyrocketing. This is unacceptable, ”she continued.
“ I hope a better apology to BTS and Asian communities around the world is on the way. ”
Harsh words: Halsey wrote in her statement that she was ‘horrified’ by Matuschik’s comments, which she said were an example of ‘racism and xenophobia’
Contributors: Halsey appeared both on stage and in the video for BTS’s 2019 song Boy With Luv, which she co-wrote and sang on; Halsey performing with BTS in Las Vegas in 2019
Matuschik was criticized for his comments on Bavarian radio Bayern 3 on Wednesday.
After playing BTS’s cover of Coldplay’s song Fix You, he called it “ profanity, ” before calling the band, “ a crappy virus that hopefully there will be a vaccine soon. according to the Associated Press.
His statements immediately after trying to minimize the comment didn’t do much to appease BTS fans.
“I have nothing against South Korea, you cannot accuse me of xenophobia just because this boyband is from South Korea,” he continued. “I have a car from South Korea. I have the coolest car ever.
He also joked that the vocal group would “ vacation in North Korea for the next 20 years ” as punishment for their cover song.
Offensive: After playing BTS’s cover of Coldplay’s song Fix You, he called it “ profanity ” and said the band was “ a shit virus that hopefully there will be soon. a vaccine ”, according to the AP
Violence: The host’s comments come amid reports of anti-Asian hate crimes across the United States, particularly in major cities with well-established Asian communities like San Francisco and New York; BTS seen on The Tonight Show in October
Matuschik’s comments were immediately condemned by fans of the group.
They are intervening amid reports of anti-Asian hate crimes across the United States, especially in major cities with well-established Asian communities like San Francisco and New York.
Some of the violence is said to be linked to conspiracy theories about the novel coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan, China.
In addition to appearing in the Boy With Luv video, Halsey joined BTS to perform it live on several occasions, most notably at a Paris concert at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Last year, BTS became the fastest group to score five albums to the top of the Billboard 200 album charts in the United States since The Beatles with the November 2020 release of their fifth album Be.
Baby on Board: Meanwhile, Halsey has kept a lower profile recently after announcing that she is expecting her first child with boyfriend, screenwriter Alev Aydin; seen in February 2020 in Miami Beach
Meanwhile, Halsey recently kept a low profile after announcing that she was expecting her first child with her boyfriend, screenwriter Alev Aydin.
Last week, the Without Me singer opened up about how pregnancy changed her feelings about sex and her own body.
“I thought pregnancy would give me very strong binary feelings about ‘femininity’, but it really leveled my perception of gender entirely,” she captioned a photo showing her growing belly.
“My sensitivity to my body made me hyper aware of my humanity and that’s it. Do a remarkable thing. And it’s grandiose. Hope the feeling will last.
New Perspectives: The Without Me singer last week shared how pregnancy changed her feelings about sex and her own body