Harry Styles has been pushing buttons with his gendered looks and LGBTQ+ advocacy, but his recent comments haven’t gone down so well.
In a recent interview, Styles talked about the gay love scenes in his new movie, my policeman. The film is set in 1957 and revolves around a love triangle between a locked up cop, his wife and a museum curator. The film begins with Styles as a cop, Emma Corrin as a wife, and David Dawson as her secret lover.
“A lot of gay sex in movies is two guys getting into it, and that kind of takes away the tenderness.” Narrated Styles rolling stone. “There will be, I imagine, people watching it who were alive and well in those days when it was illegal to be gay, and [director Michael] wanted to show that he is tender, loving and sensitive.”
But Twitter didn’t have it. One user wrote: “Harry Styles has got to be the most disappointing ‘queer icon’ ever, he literally contributed nothing but lousy outfits and the occasional bad opinion. He’s like the idea that a straight girl gets a gay celebrity.”
Another wrote: “Gay guys can bump and ‘attack’ each other in a movie and be tender too, the two aren’t mutually exclusive.”
The film’s director, Michael Grandage, previously talked about the movie’s gay love scenes to vanity lounge. He said the scenes “literally showed something that was about ‘love’ in the broadest sense, something that was choreographically interesting and not just some sort of pushed sexual sense.”
The styles also told rolling stone that he hopes the film will be seen as more than just a “gay story”.
“It’s obviously pretty incomprehensible now to think, ‘Oh, you couldn’t be gay. That was illegal,'” he said. “I think everyone, myself included, has their own journey to understanding sexuality and feeling more comfortable with it. It’s not like, ‘It’s a gay story about these guys who are homosexuals “. It’s a matter of love and a waste of time for me.”
Another topic discussed by Styles was his decision to keep his own sexuality private. He is currently in a relationship with actress Olivia Wilde.
“I’ve never spoken publicly about my life away from work, and I’ve found that to be beneficial to me,” Styles said. “There will always be a version of a narrative, and I think I just decided that I wasn’t going to spend time trying to fix it or redirect it in some way.”
Styles continued to play coy when the topic of orientation came up, something he refused to label.
“Sometimes people say, ‘You’ve only been with women publicly,’ and I don’t think I’ve been with anyone publicly,” he said. “If someone takes a picture of you with someone, it doesn’t mean you choose to have a public relationship or anything like that.”
Despite the criticism, Styles certainly knows how to get everyone talking. my policeman opens in select theaters October 21 and Prime Video November 4.
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