The third Black Mirror episode, “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” has the singer/actress in the role of a pop star. Instead of focusing on Cyrus’ own music though, they opted to recreate classic Nine Inch Nails tracks.
The first song, “On A Roll,” even got its own music video. In case you missed that, check it out in the player below.
Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker says even Trent Reznor has given his blessing to recreate his band’s songs for the series.
“Trent got it straight away,” Brooker said at a press conference. “It was via email and he was really happy pretty quickly. He wanted to see the script and I got to re-write his lyrics in a chirpy way.
“I’m not the best lyricist in the world,” he continued. “In the first song she’s singing: ‘I’m stoked on ambition and verve’ instead of ‘You’re gonna get what you deserve’.”
Reznor is proving to naysayers that he’s fully on board with everything, promoting a Nine Inch Nails shirt inspired from the show.
Feels like I’ve been here before…?#blackmirror #mileycyrus #ashleyo #goddamnitthisisactuallyprettygoodandidontknowwhoiamanymorehttps://t.co/JXncSY6cZL
— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) June 14, 2019
Now, pop singer and former scene kid Halsey noticed the weird similarities between herself and the character.
“Black Mirror episode about a popstar named Ashley with colorful hair. Existential crisis: Engage,” Halsey wrote.
Black Mirror episode about a popstar named Ashley with colorful hair. Existential crisis: Engage.
— h (@halsey) June 16, 2019
Of course, many fans immediately wanted a collab between Ashley O. and Halsey, real name Ashley Frangipane.
ASHLEY O AND U SHOULD FUCKING COLLAB
— scott 🏳️🌈 (@scotterkinz) June 16, 2019
Ashley O meet Ashley F
— t*tties out for taehyung (@kimseokjisoo) June 16, 2019
…but are you stoked on ambition and verve?
— mads (@driveinitagain) June 16, 2019
halsey conspiracy theories… i think yes
— sammi (@ItsSammiSmith) June 16, 2019
And then one fan noted that the character went “from super pop to alt rock/punk” to which Halsey had a very serious response.
If I die they killed me. https://t.co/KuEyvYzPoP
— h (@halsey) June 16, 2019
Then someone responded with a photo of the singer looking exactly like the Black Mirror character.
— h (@halsey) June 16, 2019
And the replies just made things even weirder.
— haron (@jaqcuesadit) June 16, 2019
bruh should we be worried your managers are tryna take you out???
— 💛OWEN💛 (@xowenm) June 16, 2019
ashley O or ashley F? lol pic.twitter.com/8tUcXpipB2
— bia (@jaureguiresist) June 16, 2019
the real question is: are you based off the character or is the character based off you 👀
— Doritos 🌈⚡️ (@doritheweirdo) June 16, 2019
oh there’s more pic.twitter.com/0oMIJUjwpH
— layla 💓 (@bibleandabeer) June 16, 2019
The entire thing is super freaky, but we definitely wouldn’t hate a collab between Halsey and Ashley O.
More Halsey news
Halsey shared a hilarious throwback that not only shows her love for the scene but reminds her fans where everything got started.
Halsey took to Twitter to share a photo of her as a child, sporting an Evanescence shirt and playing the violin.
“so much to unpack here. the evanescence shirt. the hot topic pants. the look of determination. the Costco glasses. the secondhand violin that got me into music. this post is a whirlwind,” she wrote.
so much to unpack here. the evanescence shirt. the hot topic pants. the look of determination. the Costco glasses. the secondhand violin that got me into music. this post is a whirlwind. pic.twitter.com/BFESTnO0k3
— h (@halsey) June 15, 2019
Honestly, we can relate to this. Also, we love seeing the throwbacks of the artist before she was a huge international star.
She’s previously defended her emo upringing with her love of My Chemical Romance and talked about her love of bands like blink-182, Taking Back Sunday and Fall Out Boy. She even cites those groups as influences behind her song “11 Minutes” with YUNGBLUD and Travis Barker. She’s also bragged about getting to see Bring Me The Horizon when she was just 14 years old.
“I grew up on the Warped Tour scene and I had my ears stretched like an inch wide, I was all over Myspace,” she said. “I was like, not even a scene kid, like a hardcore kid.”
So this only proves once a scene kid, always a scene kid, and we’re proud of it.
Also, Halsey recently performed in Camden and gave an empowering speech about LGBTQ Pride and bigotry.
For background, recently, two women were beaten in a homophobic attack on a London bus that garnered a lot of attention online.
Also, it’s Pride month, and some people in Boston are pushing for a “straight pride” parade, causing major outcry.
At the show in the city, Halsey wore a shirt with their faces on it. It also read “Fuck your straight pride” on the back.
tonight in camden @halsey wore a shirt with that picture of melania and chris after their assault and a message that said “fuck your straight pride”. it made me fucking cry and i’m very thankful for her. pic.twitter.com/sbZTR1gKgd
— promise (@WHERElSMUNA) June 10, 2019
She then gave a passionate speech, slamming straight pride and homophobia.
“After the Pride parades are over and after the bars close their Pride nights and the glitter is being swept out of the streets, a lot of people get on those trains and they get on those buses and try to wash the rainbows off their bodies and they’re peeling the stickers off their close because when Pride is over, it’s not safe to be gay anymore because they’re worried that someone is going to viciously assault them or viciously attack them. So when the people around the world ask the question, “Why isn’t there a straight pride parade? The answer because if there was one, you wouldn’t have to get on the bus and be terrified of being fucking beaten or killed afterwards. That’s why there’s not a straight pride parade because every fucking day on public transport is a straight pride parade.”
She then led the room in a powerful chant of “I will not be afraid.”
The entire moment is extremely moving, and was caught by fans at the show. You can her full speech below.
Halsey getting a room full of queer kids to scream “I WILL NOT BE AFRAID” after two women were beaten for being gay in the exact same town she’s performing in. She’s wearing a shirt with their faces on the front, and “FUCK YOUR STRAIGHT PRIDE” on the back. pic.twitter.com/VssWprS3gX
— Sucker!! (AKA Becca!!) (@iamsuckeriam) June 10, 2019
What do you think of the weird similarities between Ashley O. and Halsey? Sound off in the comments below!