Conservative author and commentator Candace Owens saw the pictures from pop star Harry Styles’ latest Vogue photo shoot, and she’s not into it.
The “Blexit” leader criticized the pictures, which depict Styles in a ball gown and a Gucci blazer, saying there’s “no society that can survive without strong men,” later adding, “Bring back manly men.”
Owens was blasted for her take. Olivia Wilde, known for her role in the medical drama “House,” called the 31-year-old firebrand “pathetic” for sharing her opinion on Styles’ photo shoot.
PC Mag editor Will Greenwald replied: “Maybe your first mistake was looking for aggressive masculinity in Vogue. Well, your second mistake. Your first mistake was fetishizing it at all.”
“Hate is very draining and leads to a very miserable existence,” added another Twitter user identified only as Rachel. “But, to be honest, knowing that you will have a miserable life is truly bringing me such immense joy. Staying ignorant will get you nowhere in life while the people you’re trying to bring down will only thrive.”
Interestingly, former President Barack Obama shared a similar sentiment about traditional masculinity during a recent interview with The Atlantic.
Obama, of course, made his case in order to criticize President Donald Trump, whom he argued is antithetical to masculinity because of his “complaining, lying, doesn’t-take-responsibility-for-anything type of figure.”
“I think about the classic male hero in American culture when you and I were growing up: the John Waynes, the Gary Coopers, the Jimmy Stewarts, the Clint Eastwoods, for that matter,” Obama explained. “There was a code … the code of masculinity that I grew up with that harkens back to the ’30s and ’40s and before that.”
“There’s a notion that a man is true to his word, that he takes responsibility, that he doesn’t complain, that he isn’t a bully — in fact, he defends the vulnerable against bullies,” the former president continued. “And so even if you are someone who is annoyed by wokeness and political correctness and wants men to be men again and is tried about everyone complaining about the patriarchy, I thought the model wouldn’t be Richie Rich.”