She’s not backing down.
Conservative firebrand Candace Owens is refusing to apologize after landing in some internet heat Monday. The commentator and author critiqued 26-year-old “Cherry” singer Harry Styles’ new American Vogue cover, in which he wears a ball gown and custom Gucci jacket.
“There is no society that can survive without strong men,” Owens, 31, wrote on Twitter in response to the photos of Styles, who, with the cover, became Vogue’s first solo male cover star. “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.”
The tweet has racked up more than 94,000 likes as of Monday evening. Its most-liked response, from actress and filmmaker Olivia Wilde, has over 110,000 likes, and reads: “You’re pathetic.”
But Owens, who previously served as the communications director for the right-leaning Turning Point USA and is a relatively recent supporter of President Trump, said she refuses to take back her words.
“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. Terms like ‘toxic masculinity’ were created by toxic females. Real women don’t do fake feminism. Sorry I’m not sorry.”
In the Vogue profile, Styles, who has never come out as LGBTQ, talks openly about his love for traditionally female clothing.
“I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing,” he told the magazine, further declaring that “you can never be overdressed. There’s no such thing.”