The tweet was shared more than 245,000 times and liked more than 667,000 times and, oddly enough, seemed to evoke an inner styles fan in Owens. Although she continued her Twitter disdain for him, it also seemed an honor that Styles mentioned something she tweeted. "When people try to tell me that I have no control, @Harry_Styles devotes an entire post to my tweet. I inspire global conversation," Owens said in her follow-up tweet on Wednesday.
A more precise summary of Styles' reaction could be that Owen's derision inspired, but I was ready to give her the barely-there victory of getting attention. Twitter users: not so much.
"She sounds like a fan," tweeted Democrat Frangell Basora. “Unfortunately, their hateful comments inspire violence against gendered people and it's cruel. That's not something to be proud of, @RealCandaceO. It is not a discussion when people's safety and lives are at risk. " He added: "These comments harm both parties and our social order far more than anything good. America is the land of the free. The homophobia and transphobia that inspire comments like yours are dangerously found elsewhere in the world. "
lol why don't you just let people do what they wanna do and wear what they wanna wear? It's her life, not yours. Maybe focus on your own life for once and stop judging everyone for being comfortable in their own skin. Your insecurity shows
– Sophie²⁸ ♡ l Louis, Haley, Krill & Andrea @ (@chxrryxwalls) December 2, 2020
If Owens had actually read the Vogue article she linked in an effort to turn styles into a stereotype of masculinity, she might actually have learned something.
Styles said in the article:
"Y.You can never be overclothed. That does not exist. The people I've looked up to in music – Prince and David Bowie and Elvis and Freddie Mercury and Elton John – are such showmen. As a kid it was absolutely stunning. Now I am putting on something that feels really extravagant and I don't feel crazy wearing it. I think if you get something that you feel great in, it's like a superhero outfit. Clothes are there to have fun and to experiment with and play with. What's really exciting is that all of these lines just kind of collapse. Obviously, taking away "There are clothes for men and there are clothes for women" after removing barriers is opening up the arena for you to play in. I sometimes go to stores and just look at the women's clothes that I think are great. It's like everything else – every time you start building barriers in your own life, you're just limiting yourself. "