It was the cover that launched a thousand tweets. Last month, Vogue Magazine shared exclusive photos of pop star Harry Styles rocking a dress in their December 2020 issue on social media, garnering over 80 thousand likes, hundreds of supportive replies, and of course, the canned fury of conservative pundits losing their minds at the sight of a man donning anything other than a formal tuxedo, military uniform, or dirty farmer's overalls.
The angriest of the bunch? Notable right-wing authors Candace Owens and "WAP" cover artist, Ben Shapiro.
"There is no society that can survive without strong men," Owens posted on Twitter. "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."
Soon after, Shapiro, chimed in, echoing Owens' irrational fashion ire. "This is perfectly obvious," quipped Shapiro. "Anyone who pretends that it is not a referendum on masculinity for men to don floofy dresses is treating you as a full-on idiot."
Yet after nearly three weeks, it seems Shapiro and Owens are now the ones bring treated "as a full on idiot[s]" with the former One Direction singer roasting them in a new Instagram post, exacting digital revenge as sweet as a "Watermelon Sugar High."
On Wednesday morning, the artist shared a photo of himself eating in a banana, donning a frilly powder blue suit alongside the caption "Bring back manly men," a reference to Owens' original angry tweet.
The image comes as a part of Styles' new Variety feature, where he elaborates on the sheer stupidity of the backlash against his Vogue attire, and why he says he has no regrets about his cover look. "To not wear [something] because it's females' clothing, you shut out a whole world of great clothes," he explained. "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."
And he's not alone. Several fashion experts seemingly approve of Styles' style, including designer Marc Jacobs, who replied a series of hearts on the musician's post, and Queer Eye's fashion expert, Tan France. "YES PLEASE, IF THEY LOOK LIKE THIS!" he commented on the image alongside a heart-eyes emoji.
Despite managing to get royally dunked on by a former boy band member, it seems Candace Owens has essentially missed the point. "When people try to tell me I donât have influence, and then @Harry_Styles dedicates an entire post to my tweet. I inspire a global conversation. #BringBackManlyMen Shots fired," she wrote, adding a row of cry-laughing emojis and a screenshot of Styles' Instagram post.
Moral of the story? Learn to distinguish between when people are laughing at you versus laughing with you -- and maybe chill out about what other people wear. To once again quote RuPaul's Drag Race judge, Michelle Visage ...