Harry Styles caused a bit of a stir among right-wing critics over his Vogue cover and now he’s responded to claims of not being “manly” enough with a brilliant troll.
In case you missed it, Harry Styles shattered outdated notions of “being manly” by rocking a Gucci ball gown for his Vogue solo cover shoot, which itself was historic for being the first to feature a solo male star.
Unsurprisingly, this cover shoot got certain folks clutching at their pearls. You know, the sort who thought Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP‘ would bring an end to civilisation as we know it because it’s dirty or something.
Anyway, outspoken right-wing commentator Candice Owens was particularly critical of Styles’ Vogue cover shoot, sprouting off a hot take about the feminisation of masculinity or something and to “bring back manly men.” Styles didn’t say anything in response, not that he really needed to since he had his legion of fans to do that for him.
Until now that is.
Ahead of a big cover story on Variety (which we’ll dig into later), Styles shared on his social media a photo from the story’s accompanying photoshoot that sees him rocking a skirted pantsuit and puffy shirt, all while suggestively cradling a banana between his lips.
But the pièce de résistance of this post is the caption: “Bring back manly men.”
Using bad-faith critic’s own words to troll them? That’s just *chef’s kiss*.
Harry Styles doesn’t need to answer to pearl-clutching critics about being “manly” (whatever that even means these days) so this is perhaps the most we’ll get from him. But hey, a picture says a thousand words and he’s definitively put a pin in that conversation about “manliness” with his cheeky social media post.
Apropos of nothing, anyone else feel like eating a banana all of a sudden?
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Bring back manly men. pic.twitter.com/Y3XqXX4qaY
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) December 2, 2020