Fox News host Raymond Arroyo just learned the power of Harry Styles’ fandom after he dared to make a sarcastic comment about the singer’s "gender-bending" clothing choices in a segment titled “Things To Avoid In 2021.” Shortly after airing, the clip went viral after Styles fans got a hold of it and quickly turned #foxnewsjacksofftoharrystyles into the top trending hashtag on Twitter.
“Harry Styles, please stick to Armani menswear or at least pants,” Arroyo said with a chastising tone while Styles’ Vogue December cover — on which Styles can be seen wearing a Gucci dress — was on display. “The gender-bending wardrobe is not edgy or artistic. You look ridiculous and you’re not breaking any new ground. David Bowie did this decades before you were even conceived. And the pearls are really bad.”
In his Vogue cover interview in December, Styles made it clear that he enjoys the creative freedom that fashion offers. “There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes,” Styles said. “I’ve never thought too much about what it means – it just becomes this extended part of creating something.” What Styles demonstrates, time and time again, with his looks is that you should dress for yourself.
Looking at Twitter, it’s clear that people are (rightfully) on Styles’ side. Fans accused the Fox News anchor of being obsessed with the singer, jealous, or maybe even harbouring a crush.
Styles fans have become used to defending the singer from baseless commentary on the way he dresses. Last month, conservative commentator Candance Owens also broadcast her thoughts on Styles’ Vogue cover in a series of tweets asking to “bring back manly men.” It seems like neither Owens nor Arroyo has learned that a person’s expression isn’t their business.
Styles, too, is perfectly capable of issuing his own clap backs. In an Instagram post posted earlier this month, Styles captioned a photo of himself wearing a stunning baby blue suit and ruffled shirt with, “Bring back manly men.”
That fact of the matter is that some people get really pressed about others living their best life by taking a carefree approach to fashion. Fashion is supposed to be joyful and expressive. That’s the lesson we’re taking into 2021.