Harry Styles Really Said Fuck Your Gender Norms, Have A Banana

Last month, Harry Styles, the “Golden” boy in all our hearts, posed in a series of traditionally femme garments—skirts and dresses—for Vogue, much to the dismay of conservative commentators like Candace Owens and Ben Shapiro. In response, Owens, who as YouTuber Matt Bernstein pointed out, was once a left-wing commentator, called for us as a society to “bring back manly men.” 🙄🙄 And now, after spending some time meditating to his own guided meditation and in much deep thought, our “Watermelon Sugar” poet has finally clapped back at his haters, quoting the phrase they’ve thrown at him right back at ‘em, alongside a photo of him posing with a banana (???). Bestie really spilled here, not gonna lie. 

Late last night, Mr. Styles shared a gorgeous pic of him, dressed head to toe in a baby blue custom Palomo suit, pleated Prince-inspired crinkly white undershirt with matching cravat pleated sleeves. It was, for all intended purposes, perfectly splendid. But, intriguingly, the thing that has caught my eye isn’t the gorgeous fit that I desperately want in my own wardrobe, but what Styles had in his hand: a freshly peeled, well-ripened banana, supposedly picked straight from an organic market in Downtown Los Angeles itself. 

In the pic, Harry Styles is seen mid-munch and staring blankly off camera, like an innocent child in the middle of a photo who’s focused on a random passerby in the background. The act itself is quite child-like in nature and not very masc-for-masc, so you just know it’s riling up conservatives everywhere. And, with the added caption, “bring back manly men,” a callback to Candace Owens’s original tweets, the message behind Styles’s post is clear: fuck yo’ assumptions of gender and “gendered fashion,” have a banana instead. A daily dose of potassium is good for the mind and soul, AND takes less energy than being a straight up dickwad. Thanks, Harry!

“I’ve never seen shade thrown with such kindness,” wrote TV host Emily Agard. “With that said, love you Harry Styles. We don’t deserve you.”

Speaking in a recent interview with Variety, Styles said, “to nor wear [something] because its females’ clothing, you shut out a whole world of great clothes.” For the piece, Styles posed with the above outfit, aggressively eating the fuck out of a passionfruit—😳—and sported a baby pink satin blouse with balloon sleeves—😍. Check it out below.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.