Halsey Said the New World Trade Center Should Collapse – Here’s Why

Pitchfork is a publication known for discussing music in a dry, snarky style – even when they’re complimenting an artist. A mixed review from Pitchfork led to Halsey calling for the destruction of the World Trade Center. Here’s how that happened.

Halsey in Santa Monica, California | Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV

Pitchfork has some harsh words for Halsey

Halsey’s most recent album is called Manic. It received a mildly positive 6.5 out of 10 rating from Pitchfork‘s Rawiya Kameir. However, as per usual, Pitchfork treated her work with some derision.

Here’s what Kameir said about Halsey’s collaboration with Alanis Morisette. “Though Manic features Halsey’s take on a handful of different genres—broody pop-R&B reminiscent of her early work; alt-rock-lite that is an aesthetic match to her persona; twangy country-pop sure to find a home on certain segments of pop radio—much of it has the same reflective surface and, at some points, the depth of an oil slick. The Morissette collab ‘Alanis’ Interlude,’ which features a reference to John Mayer’s ‘Your Body Is a Wonderland,’ is almost too irritating to endure: ‘Your p*ssy is a wonderland,’ the pair warbles, infinitely more times than necessary. It is a low point for someone who is at times a clever songwriter.”

Although the review is not wholly positive, it does compliment Halsey. The review’s final paragraph says “Despite some missteps, Halsey’s appeal is clear: It’s a singularly difficult time to be a young person, and she is warmly attuned to that reality.”

Halsey has harsher words for Pitchfork

Halsey performing in Mexico City, Mexico | Victor Chavez/Getty Images

Although Pitchfork’s appraisal of Halsey had some nuance, Halsey dismissed Pitchfork in no uncertain terms. Yahoo! Money reports she tweeted “Can the basement that they run P*tchfork out of just collapse already.”

In any situation, her words would come across as confrontational. However, Halsey’s tweet was especially inflammatory given the location of Pitchfork’s offices:  One World Trade Center. The One World Trade Center was created in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks on New York City.

Many found this comment distasteful. Ben Kesslen, a journalist, tweeted “Losing my mind thinking about the person on Halsey’s team who had to tell her she just called for the collapse of One World Trade.” Fans and critics alike felt the same.

How she responded to the controversy

Halsey arriving at the 33rd Annual ARIA Awards 2019 | Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

According to Vulture, Halsey meant no harm. In fact, she was not aware Pitchfork’s offices were located in the One World Trade Center. She deleted the tweet and apologized.

Her apology read: “ABSOLUTELY deleted it upon realizing this. was just trying to make a joke! Intended zero harm. Just figured I could poke at them back with the same aloof passive aggression they poke at artists with! Clearly a misunderstanding <3.”

However, Halsey later seemed to dismiss the whole situation. She tweeted “click bait garbage.” She provided no context for the tweet, but some saw it as her appraisal of the One World Trade Center controversy.

Halsey is a relatively new artist. Like any performer who’s only spent a few years in the business, she’s got a lot to learn. Hopefully, she’s learned not to call for the One World Trade Center to collapse.