Billy Porter apologizes to Harry Styles for comments about the singer wearing a dress for the cover of Vogue
After Billy Porter criticized Harry Styles for the infamous Vogue cover, he is clarifying his stance. According to him, the conversation is not about Styles and is much bigger than that. During his appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Pose actors talked about the issue and his views on it. At the same time, he apologized to the Watermelon Sugar singer.
Last year, Harry Styles made history with Vogue cover but Billy Porter is the pioneer of gender fluid fashion
In November last year, Harry Styles graced the cover of Vogue wearing a dress. With the cover, he made history by becoming the first solo male to be on the cover in 127 years. At the same time, he became a representative of gender-neutral people in mainstream media. While talking about dissolving gender roles, he said:
“The people that I looked up to in music—Prince and David Bowie and Elvis Presley and Freddie Mercury and Elton John—they’re such showmen. As a kid it was completely mind-blowing. Now I’ll put on something that feels really flamboyant, and I don’t feel crazy wearing it.”
Meanwhile, Billy Porter is the original gender-fluid fashion icon. Whether it’s his red carpet looks or magazine covers, Billy Porter makes sure to use it to make a political statement. Along with his stylists, Pose actor plans his outfits carefully and meticulously.
Few weeks ago, Billy Porter made headlines when he criticized Styles’ Vogue cover
According to Billy Porter, Vogue made a mistake by getting a white straight man like harry Styles for their cover. In an interview, he said:
“I was the first one doing it and now everybody is doing it. I’m not dragging Harry Styles, but… He doesn’t care, he’s just doing it because it’s the thing to do. This is politics for me. This is my life. I had to fight my entire life to get to the place where I could wear a dress to the Oscars. All Styles has to do is be white and straight.”
Furthermore, Billy Porter criticized the fashion industry for overlooking his achievements as a gender-fluid role model. He said:
“I feel like the fashion industry has accepted me because they have to. I created the conversation (about non-binary fashion) and yet Vogue still put Harry Styles, a straight white man, in a dress on their cover for the first time.”
Recently, Porter clarified his stance and apologized to Harry Styles
This week, he made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. During the interview, Colbert asked Porter about his criticism of Harry Styles’ cover. To which Billy Porter said:
“The conversation is actually deeper than that. It is about the systems of oppression and erasure of people of color who contribute to the culture. Now, that’s a lot to unpack. I’m willing to unpack it, sans the dragging and cancel culture of the Internet, because I do not now, nor will ever, adjudicate my life or humanity in sound bites on social media.”
At the same time, Billy Porter apologized to Harry Styles and said:
“Harry Styles, I apologize to you for having your name in my mouth. It’s not about you. The conversation is not about you.”
Despite this big discussion on this issue on the internet, Styles have kept mum. Will he speak up now or just stay unfazed by it? Only time will tell.