Neither is Harry Styles willing to “bring back male men”, no matter what his Instagram post claimed on Wednesday. The “Adore You” singer’s statement is another step in his digital feud with conservative commentator Candace Owens.
Wednesday, both Owens and Styles again contributed to the conversation – a disagreement about masculinity triggered by Styles’ Vogue covers. In it, the alternative pop singer was portrayed in a dress that some found endearing, while others slammed the door as a sign of the death of so-called “rough masculinity.
So when Styles uploaded an Instagram photo on Wednesday showing himself in a lilac suit and frilly sweater with the headline “Bring back manly men,” Owens knew it was about her.
The controversial commentator responded to Styles’ comment on Twitter on Wednesday. “When people try to tell me I have no influence, and then @Harry_Styles dedicates an entire post to my tweet,” she wrote next to a screenshot of Styles’ instagram photo. “I inspire global conversation. #BringBackManlyMen. Shots were fired.”
When people try to tell me that I have no influence, and then @Harry_Styles dedicates an entire post to my tweet.
I inspire global conversation. #BringBackManlyMen
Shots were fired.
– Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) December 2, 2020
The phrase also tended to be on Twitter on Wednesday, although most comments apparently praised styles because they challenged gender stereotypes. His fans were thrilled with the jab and ran to his defense.
Owen’s comment on Wednesday was friendly compared to their initial criticism of Styles. However, she wasn’t the only one who hated his cover for December 2020 Vogue when it was first revealed in November. Styles’ cover could be seen in her direct tweet.
“There is no society that can survive without strong men,” Owens wrote on November 14. “The East knows that. In the West, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that our children are being taught Marxism is no coincidence. It is a downright attack.”
She ended the article with the line that Styles retracted: “Bring back male men.”
There is no society that can survive without strong men. The East knows that. In the West, the constant feminization of our men at the same time that our children are being taught Marxism is no coincidence.
It is a downright attack.
Bring back male men. https://t.co/sY4IJF7VkK
– Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 14, 2020
While the feud did not see any real word exchange between Styles and Owens, it polarized enough that fans of both celebrities offered their own words and support. The Owens tweet of November 14 had nearly 114,000 likes, along with nearly 67,000 retweets.
Styles’ Instagram post on Wednesday brought in almost 4.2 million likes at the time of release, with the number increasing steadily. Styles’ fans were the loudest on Twitter and flocked in droves to support his feminine style moments and his right to be identified as a man who likes to wear clothes.
It looks like the ball is once again on Styles’ court. Fans will have to wait and see if the musician has anything to say about gender roles.