Halsey spoke after German radio host Matthias Matuschik caused outrage by comparing the K-pop group BTS to the new coronavirus.
The 26-year-old pop star upset Matuschik on Friday in a statement posted in her Instagram stories.
She has a personal relationship with the incredibly popular Korean boy band after writing a scene and performing their 2019 single Boy With Luv.
Advocating for friends: Halsey, 26, defended K-pop group BTS in a statement on Instagram on Friday after German radio host Matthias Matuschik compared them to the coronavirus; seen in January 2020 in Los Angeles
Halsey wrote in a statement that she was “horrified” by Matuschik’s comments, which she said were an example of “racism and xenophobia”.
“I’m terrified to read Matthias Matuschik’s comments,” she began.
“Racism and xenophobia cannot be subtly veiled as ‘air humor’. Unreasonable and disgusting statements at a time when hate speech and violent behavior towards Asian communities are skyrocketing. This is unacceptable, she continued.
“I hope there is a better excuse for BTS and Asian communities around the world.”
Rough words: Halsey writes in her statement that she is “horrified” by Matuschik’s comments, which she says are an example of “racism and xenophobia”
Collaborators: Halsey appeared both on stage and in the video for the 2019 BTS song Boy With Luv, which she made and sang; Halsey with BTS in Las Vegas in 2019
Matuschik came under fire for comments he made on Bavarian radio station Bayern 3 on Wednesday.
After releasing the BTS cover of Coldplay’s Fix You song, he called it “blasphemy” before calling the band, “some rotten virus that we hope will have a vaccine soon,” the Associated Press reported.
His statements immediately afterwards, trying to downplay the comment, did not help BTS fans much.
“I have nothing against South Korea, you can’t accuse me of xenophobia just because this boy is from South Korea,” he continued. “I have a car from South Korea. I have the coolest car around.
He also joked that the vocal group “will rest in North Korea for the next 20 years” as punishment for their cover song.
Offensive: After releasing the BTS cover of Coldplay’s Fix You song, he called it “blasphemy” and said the band was “some rotten virus that we hope will have a vaccine soon,” according to the AP.
Violence: The host’s comments come amid reports of anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States, especially in major cities with established Asian communities such as San Francisco and New York; BTS, watched on The Tonight Show in October
Matuschik’s comments were immediately condemned by the band’s fans.
They come amid reports of anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States, especially in large cities with established Asian communities such as San Francisco and New York.
Part of the violence is believed to be related to conspiracy theories about the new coronavirus, which was first discovered in Wuhan, China.
In addition to appearing in the video Boy With Luv, Halsey joined BTS to perform it live several times, including a concert in Paris at the Billboard Music Awards 2019 in Las Vegas.
Last year, BTS became the fastest band to top five albums at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States after the Beatles with the release of their fifth album Be from November 2020.
Baby on board: Meanwhile, Halsey recently held a lower profile after announcing that she was expecting her first child from her boyfriend, screenwriter Alev Aydin; seen in February 2020 in Miami Beach
Halsey, meanwhile, recently maintained a lower profile after announcing she was expecting her first child from her boyfriend, screenwriter Alev Aydin.
Last week, the singer “Without Me” revealed how pregnancy has changed her feelings about gender and her own body.
“I thought that pregnancy would give me very strong binary feelings about ‘femininity’, but really it completely evened out my perception of gender,” she wrote a photo showing her growing belly.
“My sensitivity to my body made me realize my humanity and that’s it. Doing something remarkable. And it’s great. I hope the feeling continues. ‘
New perspective: Last week, the singer “Without me” revealed how pregnancy has changed her feelings about gender and her own body