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Billy Porter is making amends.
The “Pose” actor, who recently slammed Vogue and Harry Styles over the pop star’s groundbreaking appearance as the magazine’s first solo male cover star, is now saying sorry.
“Harry Styles, I apologize to you for having your name in my mouth,” the 52-year-old actor said on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Thursday.
“It’s not about you. The conversation is not about you. 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.”
Added Porter, “I’m sorry, Harry. I didn’t mean no harm. I’m a gay man. We like Harry Styles, he’s cute!”
The “Watermelon Sugar” singer, 27, made headlines after donning a Gucci dress for the December 2020 edition of the fashion mag, winning raves from many — but not Porter, who’s been sporting gowns on red carpets for several years.
“I changed the whole game. And that is not ego, that is just fact. I was the first one doing it and now everybody is doing it,” Porter told The Sunday Times last month.
“I feel like the fashion industry has accepted me because they have to. I’m not necessarily convinced, and here is why: I created the conversation, and yet Vogue still put Harry Styles, a straight white man, in a dress on their cover for the first time.”
Continued Porter, “I’m not dragging Harry Styles, but he is the one you’re going to try and use to represent this new conversation? He doesn’t care, he’s just doing it because it’s the thing to do.”
The Tony winner said that for him, dressing in gender-fluid fashions is about far more than making a splash on the red carpet.
“This is politics for me. This is my life,” he said. “I had to fight my entire life to get to the place where I could wear a dress to the Oscars and not be gunned down. All he has to do is be white and straight.”
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