Musician Harry Styles hit back on Wednesday after facing criticism from some conservative commentators and activists for wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue.
The “Watermelon Sugar” singer on Wednesday shared a photo of himself in a blue suit and eating a banana on Instagram with the caption “Bring back manly men.”
The caption is a reference to criticism from conservative activist Candace Owens. After Vogue released its December cover story featuring images of Styles wearing a Gucci jacket and dress, Owens tweeted “Bring back manly men” and claimed that “there is no society that can survive without strong men.”
There is no society that can survive without strong men. 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.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 14, 2020
It is an outright attack.
Bring back manly men. https://t.co/sY4IJF7VkK
Several celebrities were quick to defend Styles over the cover. Actress and director Olivia Wilde directly responded to Owens’s criticism, tweeting “You’re pathetic.”
You’re pathetic.— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) November 16, 2020
Actress Jameela Jamil also tweeted at the time, “Harry Styles is plenty manly, because manly is whatever you want it to be, not what some insecure, toxic, woman-hating, homophobic dickheads decided it was hundreds of years ago. He’s 104% perfect.”
Harry Styles is plenty manly, because manly is whatever you want it to be, not what some insecure, toxic, woman-hating, homophobic dickheads decided it was hundreds of years ago. He’s 104% perfect.— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) November 16, 2020
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDon't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery Ocasio-Cortez explains 'present' vote on Iron Dome Dingell fundraises off Greene altercation on Capitol steps MORE (D-N.Y.) praised Styles for the photo, sharing on her Instagram story that the dress looked “wonderful” and that the “masculine and feminine elements are balanced beautifully -- the hair and jacket styling gives me James Deans vibes too.”
“Some people are mad at it bc some folks are very sensitive to examining and exploring gender roles in society,” she wrote. “Perhaps for some people it provokes some anger or insecurity around masculinity/femininity/etc.”
“If it does,” she continued, “then maybe that’s part of the point. Sit with that reaction and think about it, examine it, explore it, engage it, and grow with it. What’s the point of creating things if they don’t make people think? Or feel or reflect? Especially as an artist or creative?”
Styles in his interview with Vogue said that "I think if you get something that you feel amazing in, it's like a superhero outfit."
"Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with," he said. "What's really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away."