There’s not a soul among us who hasn’t accidentally put our foot squarely in our mouths at one point or another. Hell, it’s character building. You try to make a joke, it comes out incredibly bung. You feel shitty. You learn. You move on. It’s just that, for most of us, that off comment didn’t inadvertently call for a new 9/11 to occur. So in that regard, Halsey has you all well and truly beat today.
The entire – deeply awkward – saga goes thusly: Halsey’s new album Manic hit shelves both physical and digital last week, and as a result it’s doing the rounds of review media at present.
Perpetual brow furrowers Pitchfork took their run at it yesterday, posting a fairly middling review of the album; labelling parts of it “overpowered by the tedium of modern pop,” and giving it a 6.5 out of 10. Not exactly a glowing review, but by no means a total savaging either.
But Halsey, as she is well within her rights to do, took exception to the article, and decided to make her displeasure with Pitchfork known on social media.
In a now-deleted Tweet, Halsey took aim at Pitchfork with a barb that, on face value, appears fairly run-of-the-mill.
Here’s where the collars start getting pulled: That “basement” that they run Pitchfork out of happens to be located in One World Trade Centre in New York City.
So, by wishing Pitchfork’s offices would collapse, she’s only done and invoked a repeat of the September 11 attacks.
As you ah…. as you do.
Following the immediate knee-jerk reaction from punters on the online, Halsey issued a quick apology and retraction, in a subsequent that has also since been deleted.
Again, who among us, etc etc.
The only reference to the entire saga still active on Halsey’s Twitter feed is this barb aimed at media organisations mining the entire affair for content.
click bait garbage
— h (@halsey) January 23, 2020
To which I, on behalf of my entire staff, reply: Fair.