Harry Styles accused of 'destroying masculinity' by Candace Owens following Vogue cover
17 November 2020, 11:58 | Updated: 17 November 2020, 12:01
Harry covered Vogue's 2020 December issue in a Gucci ball gown.
Last week (Nov 13), the 'Watermelon Sugar' singer was unveiled as the cover star of Vogue's December 2020 issue. Harry is the first man in history to grace the cover of Vogue solo and he did so in a Gucci couture gown that only he could pull off.
In the issue, Harry discussed his fondness of wearing women's clothing. He said: "I'll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing. It’s like anything – anytime you’re putting barriers up in your own life, you’re just limiting yourself. There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never really thought too much about what it means – it just becomes this extended part of creating something."
For some reason, Candace Owens (who famously got into a spat with Cardi B) felt the need to share her thoughts on Harry's cover even though no-one actually asked. She tweeted: "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. It is an outright attack. Bring back manly 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
Fans soon started to defend Harry's fashion choices.
harry styles is doing everything right. so funny to see these conservative people getting so heated because he’s pushing gender norms in the dopest way. MEN AND WOMEN CAN DRESS HOWEVER THEY WANT. it’s 2020. shut up, your small mindedness is showing.— Jonah • WHY DON’T WE (@JonahMarais) November 16, 2020
exhibit A: candace owens gets very upset about harry styles wearing article of clothing not typically intended for his gender— matt (@mattjbernstein) November 16, 2020
exhibit B: candace owens wears suit pic.twitter.com/wwJVKEOdBw
Good morning to Harry Styles slaying in a dress on the cover of Vogue and a reminder to wear WHATEVER makes you happy pic.twitter.com/J8VXOsGH9h— mace ᴴ ◟̽◞̽ (@cuntrolharold) November 16, 2020
lol anyone mad about harry styles in a dress is just mad that he can pull it off better than they can— emma lord (@dilemmalord) November 16, 2020
Conservatives want to believe Harry Styles in a dress is some complicated attack on “masculinity” rather than the much simpler truth that it’s just hot— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) November 16, 2020
Imagine waking up mad about Harry Styles’ Vogue shoot. Miserable person— Ashley Thompson (@AshleyCBS46) November 16, 2020
A number of celebrities also called out Candace for her wild comments.
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
Our whole lives boys and men are told we need to be manly. Life is short. Be whatever the fuck you want to be. pic.twitter.com/oY6ji3tpaI— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) November 16, 2020
You’re pathetic.— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) November 16, 2020
i think you’ve missed the definition of what a man is. masculinity alone does not make a man— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) November 16, 2020
Candy Owens doesn’t know what she in for going up against the Harry Styles stans.— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 16, 2020
Despite the backlash, Candace doubled down on her initial comments. She added: "Since I'm trending I'd like to clarify what I meant when I said ‘bring back manly men. I meant: Bring back manly men. Terms like ‘toxic masculinity,' were created by toxic females. Real women don't do fake feminism. Sorry I'm not sorry."
Since I’m trending I’d like to clarify what I meant when I said “bring back manly men”.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 16, 2020
I meant: Bring back manly men.
Terms like “toxic masculinity”, were created by toxic females.
Real women don’t do fake feminism.
Sorry I’m not sorry.
Harry hasn't publicly commented on Candace's comments but needless to say anyone has the right to wear whatever they want without the fear of judgment.