Billy Porter publicly apologizes to Harry Styles
“Pose” star Billy Porter didn’t expect to face so much backlash over his recent comments about Vogue putting Harry Styles in a dress on its cover. “Apparently I’m famous now, and it was a slow news day, so the first thing I want to say is, ‘Harry Styles, I apologize to you for having your name in my mouth,'” Billy told Stephen Colbert on the Nov. 4 episode of “The Late Show” (via Billboard). He was referring to an interview published last month by the Sunday Times in which Billy said, among other critiques, “I created the conversation [about non-binary fashion] and yet Vogue still put Harry Styles, a straight white man, in a dress on their cover for the first time.” Speaking to Harry via “The Late Show,” Billy clarified, “It’s not about you … the conversation is actually deeper than that. It is about the oppression and the erasure of people of color who contribute to the culture. That’s a lot to unpack. I’m willing to unpack it sans the dragging and culture of the Internet because I do not now, nor will I ever, adjudicate my life or humanity in sound bites on social media. So when you’re ready to have the real conversation, call a b****!” He added that he likes Harry.