Olivia Wilde slammed Owens as “pathetic,” while Jameela Jamil defended Styles, calling him “104% perfect.”
It began over the weekend when the conservative commentator and BLEXIT founder criticized Styles for wearing a dress on the cover of the fashion magazine, calling it “an outright attack” on Western civilization. And many Twitter users, including several celebrities and Styles’ passionate fan base, were absolutely outraged.
“There is no society that can survive without strong men,” Owens tweeted on Saturday. “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.”
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.
It is an outright attack.
Bring back manly men. https://t.co/sY4IJF7VkK
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 14, 2020
In the wake of Owens’ comments, Twitter was thrown into a frenzy. While some fans came to the “Watermelon Sugar” singer’s defense, others ripped Owens directly.
“You’re pathetic,” wrote Olivia Wilde, while Jameela Jamil wrote, “Harry Styles is plenty manly, because manly is whatever you want it to be, not what some insecure, toxic, woman-hating, homophobic d–kheads decided it was hundreds of years ago. He’s 104% perfect.”
Kathy Griffin also chimed in, writing, “Candy Owens doesn’t know what she in for going up against the Harry Styles stans.”
“Harry Styles spreads peace and love wherever he goes,” tweeted journalist Molly King. “I only wish when I was a teen the top rock stars weren’t using violent lyrics to describe women. Candace you upset more people than Harry with your cruelty.”
In a popular tweet, a fan wrote to Owens: “Harry Styles can pull/lift 500 pounds with just his upper body. That’s more than enough to handle the dead weight of your career, Candace.”
Many users, including Jamil and actor Jeffrey Wright, posted photos of men wearing dresses or more feminine garb throughout history — and in the East — to challenge Owens’ argument that “the East knows” that “there is no society that can survive without strong men.”
By Monday morning, Owens — as well as Styles — became trending topics on Twitter. In response, the pro-Trump activist reacted to the backlash by doubling down on her controversial stance, saying Styles wearing a dress is “stupid.” Owens also reiterated her call to “bring back manly men” and even created a hashtag.
“Since I’m trending I’d like to clarify what I meant when I said ‘bring back manly men.’ I meant: Bring back manly men,” she tweeted. “Terms like ‘toxic masculinity,’ were created by toxic females. Real women don’t do fake feminism. Sorry I’m not sorry.”
“PSA: Mining pictures on the internet of men in dresses is not going to suddenly make me attracted to men in dresses,” she wrote alongside a tweet from a critic who shared photos of Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Kurt Cobain cross-dressing.
“I’m impervious to woke culture. Showing me 50 examples of something won’t make it any less stupid. #BringBackManlyMen.”
Check out the backlash in the tweets, below.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) November 16, 2020
Which 'East,' chick? Stop ridin' dude's jock. pic.twitter.com/Pj60uBXoje
— Jeffrey We Voted Out That Gameshow Clown Wright (@jfreewright) November 16, 2020
Also… this was at one time considered very manly. Wigs, make up, tights, frills… maybe this is the comeback of the “manly man.” pic.twitter.com/8dvSRGYj4w
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) November 16, 2020
Candy Owens doesn’t know what she in for going up against the Harry Styles stans.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 16, 2020
I can’t wait to watch Harry Styles fans be the thing that finally bullies Candace Owens into shutting the fuck up
— kenzie (@kenzie46823409) November 16, 2020
CANDACE OWENS NOT BEING ABLE TO HANDLE HARRY STYLES IN A DRESS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE PEAK OF 2020 AHAHHAHA https://t.co/yXjwGbpxiP
— braxton (he/him) (@braxcsizemore) November 16, 2020
Harry Styles can pull/lift 500 pounds with just his upper body. That’s more than enough to handle the dead weight of your career, Candace.
— claudia (@romiioi) November 15, 2020
i know this bitch candace owens DID NOT try to come for my man Harry Styles.
— spencer (@spencewuah) November 16, 2020
2 days ago I had never heard of Candace Owens. I feel like my world was a better place then. What a horrible narrow minded person she is. If you look at these pictures and see anything different than beauty and bravery, then I feel sorry for you! pic.twitter.com/1mRXsEODFx
— 🐖 SC_ KMMᴴ²⁸ 🐝 (@SC_KMM) November 16, 2020
Gotta love Candace Owens trying to argue that “western men shouldn’t wear Marxist dresses” & her prime example of how manly men should dress is “The East” pic.twitter.com/97VORdzw3W
— Rational Disconnect (@RationalDis) November 14, 2020
we are gathered here today to mourn the life of any potential braincells candace owens had https://t.co/tDEMEZHeNV
— milo says harry in dresses and skirts (@lunas2ndovary) November 16, 2020
Good morning to everyone except Candace Owens, who wants to force men (and women) into restrictive, ahistorical ideas of what it means to be "manly".
The rest of y'all, enjoy your day!
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) November 16, 2020
Your husband really does look tough!!!😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Xy1V3fOHNy
— clporter (@leonpor87446313) November 14, 2020
Meanwhile men in the 1700s and enlightenment which lead to our time. If you think the clothing you wear completely defines you as weak or strong you need to check your premises. pic.twitter.com/kot7d1LgI0
— Moises Salazar (@lifeofmoe93) November 14, 2020
TO be fair, your idea of a manly man is what you've been taught is a manly man, by these very same people over many decades.
There used to be a time where young boys wore dresses. Even FDR wore one.
Clothes used to be nothing but cloth that you wore. Vogue helped change that. pic.twitter.com/zSPjPPjh8i
— Graham Banzer ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏽 #IFB (@gurahamu89) November 14, 2020
How dare these people speak ill of Harry Styles I am ENRAGED
— shelby levinson (@shutupshelbyy) November 16, 2020
Harry Styles spreads peace and love wherever he goes. I only wish when I was a teen the top rock stars weren’t using violent lyrics to describe women. Candace you upset more people than Harry with your cruelty.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) November 16, 2020
Just to be clear: there is absolutely nothing wrong or “unmanly” about this & @Harry_Styles can do whatever the fuck he wants. Whoever thinks otherwise needs to educate themselves. A lot.
— Mauricio Martínez (@martinezmau) November 16, 2020
Originally published at https://toofab.com/2020/11/16/candace-owens-harry-styles-backlash-vogue/ on .