Styles has become the first man to appear solo on the cover of Vogue. The singer wears a dress in the cover shot as well as in the accompanying spread, which also features him in a couple of skirts and a kilt.
Some conservative commentators have criticised Styles’s outfits, while celebrities across the entertainment industry have voiced their support for his fashion choices.
Paul brought up the magazine cover in a recent installment of his podcast, Impaulsive. He co-hosted the episode with contributors Mike Majlak and George Janko.
Expressing his admiration for Styles, Paul mused: “He doesn’t give a f***. …I’m all for challenging social norms.”
Janko replied: “I’m old-school, man. I like the way it is.” Majlak tried to tie the topic to “wokeness”.
Paul challenged his two co-hosts, at one point quoting comments made by Candace Owens that included the sentence: “Bring back manly men.”
“Because Harry Styles is wearing a dress in a field? So, my question is –” Paul said, at which point Janko cut him off, asserting: “It ain’t manly, bro.”
Logan replied: “Bro, why? What is manly to you? What does it mean? Is manly being comfortable in your own skin and being comfortable with who you are, regardless of what people think of what you’re wearing?”
Majlak accused Paul of “getting combative”, but the YouTuber stuck to his position. “I’m listening to you telling me you don’t want to judge people and them I’m watching you judge people,” Paul told Janko.
Paul has received praise on social media for his handling of the conversation. This is in contrast with the criticism the YouTuber has received due to his multiple controversies over the years.
“I’ve made fun of Logan Paul so much in the past and now I really have to acknowledge how impressed I am,” Washington Post video producer David Jorgenson tweeted. “This is a masterclass in addressing toxic masculinity with your friends and calling them out in a calm, thoughtful way.”
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