I was surprise to learn that this will be the second Ethics Alarms post involving the pop singer Halsey, the first coming in 2018. It involved her claim that hotels failing to have free little bottles of shampoo and conditioner that were good for guests who didn’t have “white people hair” was a “microaggression.” Now she’s in the ethics crosshairs because she decided to treat her captive concert audience three days ago in Phoenix to a rant about abortion rights, saying in part (angrily, of course), that audience members…
…should be sharing stories about how you’ve benefited from abortion somehow….The truth is that my heart breaks looking out into this audience, because I see so many people … who deserve the right to health care that they need. Who deserve the right to choose themselves in a situation where there is a choice….some of the people I’m looking at right now are going to need an abortion one day, and you deserve that. Whether it’s a life-threatening situation, or it’s not, you deserve it. And here in Arizona, you guys gotta promise me that you’re gonna do that work so that the person to the left of you and to the right of you has that right for the rest of their lives.
Got it. She’s an inarticulate moron. Then she told any dissenters in the throng,
If you don’t like it, you can go home right now. I don’t care. If you don’t like it, I don’t know why you came to a Halsey concert.
Why? Presumably they came to hear Halsey sing, since that’s the only reason she is famous, has a career, or that anyone pays attention to her at all. Apparently a fair number of those in the audience walked out, but not enough. In my view, even abortion supporters should have protested, and demanded a refund. This was a bait and switch, fraudulent advertising. Nobody came to the concert, I think its reasonable to assume, to hear this community college drop-out expound on a Supreme Court decision—make that two Supreme Court decisions—she neither has read nor understands. What a trenchant analysis: there should be a right to abortion because women benefit from abortion. by that logic, there should be a right to murder your rival for a promotion.
Her stunt is an abuse of position and trust, and also powerfully indicates that she suffers from the Dunning–Kruger effect: she is too dumb to know she doesn’t know what she’s talking about, and that her opinion on this topic is worthless. Anyone has a right to have an ill-informed opinion, but using the platform and metaphorical megaphone of a celebrity to broadcast such an opinion is an unethical use of that right. She’s just reinforcing the poorly thought out decisions of others, and making members of the public dumber than they are. Such poor souls think “But Halsey agrees with me!” is a valid appeal to authority.
Halsey making ticket-buyers hear her juvenile analysis of abortion issues is even less defensible than the kaepernickers kneeling in vague protest of “racial injustice” at NFL games: at least they didn’t kneel during the game. It’s still an unethical exploitation of a captive audience that didn’t pay to be exposed to political theater.
The singer, meanwhile, tweeted regarding the walk-outs, “Downside of doing outdoor venues: no door to hit them on the way out.”
Nice. She’s a an ethics dunce, moron, and an asshole.
Watch her get an invitation to sing at the Democratic National Convention.