He'd come to clarify and apologize for his statement.
Billy Porter recently made news when he publicly chastised Harry Styles and, in particular, Vogue magazine for releasing a cover with the singer dressed up in a gown.
During an interview with Britain’s Sunday Times, he also lambasted the publication for using a “straight white man” as the face of non-binary fashion choices on the cover.
Well it was back in November 2020, when the former member of One Direction made history by being the first male to feature solo on the cover of Vogue. Not only that, but the move made even more of an impact since Styles wore a full-length gown, which added to the historical importance.
“I was the first one doing it and now everybody is doing it,” Porter remarked at the time. “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,” and “All [Styles] has to do is be white and straight.”
Recently, the Pose star addressed his comments during a recent interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, saying he had nothing against the musician.
“Harry Styles, I apologize to you for having your name in my mouth. It’s not about you. The conversation is not about you,” he stated. “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. So when you’re ready to have the real conversation, call a bitch. OK? I’m ready to have it!”
“I’m sorry, Harry. I didn’t mean no harm. I’m a gay man. We like Harry, he’s cute!” Porter concluded his words in a softer tone, as he always does, with his trademark humor.