A funny thing happened on the world wide web today – Harry Styles changed his profile picture on Twitter to a photo of himself wearing a Native American headdress, and suddenly the internet imploded.
First it imploded with a bunch of people asking him to take it down, because they felt it was an appropriation of the Native American culture. And while there were some rude responses sprinkled in there, for the most part, it was people very politely asking that he select another photo. Some people did throw out the word ‘racist’, but regardless, they were largely calm, measured responses just basically being like, “Dude, not cool, please take it down and think it over in the future.”
It happened enough times that Harry went ahead and took it down. (Probably a good move, if you ask me.) But then came the second implosion – fans who were extraordinarily pissed at the implication that Harry could be anything but perfect. And these are Directioners, so you know they’re not skimping on the caps or the invectives. Let’s take a look at my favorite of the completely absurd responses.
— ness (@kickniam) March 14, 2014
Okay this one’s actually kind of funny. Obviously there’s a much different context, and no historical significance for the appropriation of costume elements that are traditionally American, but h/t for the sense of humor, at least.
PEOPLE HE IS NOT A RACIST GOD TONS OF OTHER PEOPLE DID THIS WHY ARENT THEY BEING CALLED RACISTS OW RIGHT THEY ARE NOT HARRY STYLES — oh my Horan (@TalaTawil1) March 14, 2014
Should we check on Harry? Only two of those is actually a word, and that’s an extremely limited vocabulary.
So cute people can’t be racially insensitive? Nobody better tell Julianne Hough!
harry styles racist? you mean the guy who apologized to a dog after stepping on it? yeah alright — u make me wanna tsss (@irwinhopes) March 14, 2014
That is actually a really excellent reason to apologize to a dog.
Okay but don’t…do that. Now you’re just threatening violence on people who are sharing their opinion.
HARRY UNDERSCORE STYLES IS AN AMAZING HUMAN BEING SO DON’T YOU COME AND TELL ME THAT HE’S FREAKING RACIST BC HE’S NOWHERE CLOSE TO THAT — Jay (@ZaynMyQT) March 14, 2014
I may be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that’s not how Twitter usernames work. Or underscores.
you’re all too eager to call a muslin ‘terrorist’ but OH GOD HARRY STYLES S’ WEARING (that thing/hat i dunno the name) HE’S A RACIST KILL’IM — you make me strong(@Larry___feels) March 14, 2014
The only thing I do faster than calling muslin a terrorist is calling cotton a Socialist.
In fact you did. I just love this phrasing.
So casual! Maybe you should have texted this to him if you guys are on such close terms.
if harry styles is racist bc of his icon then i must an ultimate racist with the amount of stereotype jokes i make in real life — valerie (@bieberheckyeah) March 14, 2014
…yes. Yes, I think that’s right. You’ve solved it.
Harry Styles is literally THE last person to ever be racist towards anyone. He just posted a picture of a RUBBER DUCK LIKE — ♡ Cora ♡ (@narrycheekss) March 14, 2014
RUBBER DUCK LIKE WHAT? I’m on the edge of my seat here, Cora.
— One Direction (@LiveWhileUNaked) March 14, 2014
Is anyone else as tickled by the phrase ‘Native American hat’ as I am?
t(°.°)t <~~~~~ That’s for who said @Harry_Styles was “Racist”, when he was not
— Britney E. Styles (@_Britney_Styles) March 14, 2014
Toot? Twat? What am I looking at?