Harry Styles Clapped Back at People Who Trolled His Vogue Cover
When conservative commentator Candace Owens attempted to drag Harry Styles for wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue and used his cover as a call to "bring back manly men," the singer did not immediately deign to respond to the attempted troll.
Instead, he waited several weeks before deploying the perfect clap back, in the form of a simple Instagram caption that didn't even mention Owens by name.
On Wednesday, Styles Instagrammed a photo of himself from a shoot for Variety, in which he wore a cinched blue suit with a ruffled shirt. "Bring back manly men," he captioned the photo.
Styles also discussed his sense of style in his Variety interview, telling the magazine, "To not wear [something] because it’s females’ clothing, you shut out a whole world of great clothes. And I think what’s exciting about right now is you can wear what you like. It doesn’t have to be X or Y. Those lines are becoming more and more blurred."
Earlier this month, fans came to Styles's defense when Owens and other conservatives were up in arms over him wearing a dress on Vogue's cover.
"There is no society that can survive without strong men," Owens had said. "The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack. Bring back manly men."
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended Styles, saying the dress looked "bomb" and revealed Styles gave her major "James Dean vibes."
"Some people are mad at it because some folks are very sensitive to examining and exploring gender roles in society," she said. "Perhaps for some people it provokes some anger or insecurity around masculinity/femininity/etc. If it does, then maybe that’s part of the point. Sit with that reflection and think about it, examine it, explore it, engage with it, and grow with it."