The stunning outfit started commotion amongst Harry’s fanbase, as he was praised for including gender-fluid fashion in the iconic publication, however the singer was also quickly criticized by the conservative audience, including political commentator Ben Shapiro and author Candace Owens.
Olivia, who is currently directing Harry in the 1950’s thriller adaptation Don’t Worry, Darling, noticed the comment made by Owens on Twitter.
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
Stating that the magazine cover was an attack on society, explaining that “the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence,” urging to “bring back manly men.”
The 36-year-old director commented on the statement and labeled the conservative author as “pathetic,” while fans of the singer went on to defend him with examples of gender-neutral fashion throughout history.
Harry was also heavily criticized by the LGBTQ community as well, with some people highlighting the fact that there has been black artists and celebrities that have made similar fashion statements, and instead of being celebrated there’s been a negative response by the audience and their fanbase, with Jaden Smith as an example.
jaden did it first. pic.twitter.com/k9bSz5gdeT— LONG LIVE LOST SYRE (@cssyresmith) November 13, 2020
While some others called out the magazine for not embracing trans and non-binary in the same way as Harry, particularly Black and POC individuals.
As for the singer who was recently labeled the Hitmaker of The Year by Variety, he says he likes fashion as a way to express himself “not because it makes me look gay, or it makes me look straight, or it makes me look bisexual, but because I think it looks cool.”