If there is a celebrity, there is usually a devout fan base behind that said celebrity. This is very much the case for Harry Styles, the former One Direction boy band star (If you aren’t aware of who they are, please proceed to crawl out of whatever cavernous hole you’ve been hiding in since P. Diddy was still referred to as Puffy Daddy). In recent times, Mr. Styles has broken out as a solo artist, releasing new music and performing on live shows such as Saturday Night Live . He is not the first member of One Direction to move onto a solo career; Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson have all released singles as well and established a new image for themselves. However, there is something special about Harry and his new move to becoming a solo artist.
Recently, he was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone and was interviewed. Styles had plenty of comments to make about his fan base mainly being teenage girls. Billboard had these particular quotes from Harry’s article
So what does that mean for the fan girls who have always been in a younger following bracket for Styles? When asked about the pressures of entering into an older demographic, the singer gets quite passionate about the subject and defends his beloved young fans.
“Who’s to say that young girls who like pop music — short for popular, right? — have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy,” Styles questioned. “That’s not up to you to say. Music is something that’s always changing. There’s no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they’re not serious?”
Always loyal to his fans, Styles continued on his tirade that his young fan base is much more than what people continue to see them.
“How can you say young girls don’t get it?” Styles pointed out. “They’re our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going.”
Although Styles is entering into an older crowd with his new music, his credibility continues to be sought out by the very fans who started this journey with him and he’s totally cool with that. “Teenage-girl fans — they don’t lie. If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.’ They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick.”
As a reader, I was fairly impressed with Harry’s comments on teenage, female fandom, because usually artists do not speak on this topic enough, nor are they are eloquently spoken as Mr. Styles is. I often reflect on the topic of female fandom, because I was once a young “fan girl” of bands and care about their treatment in the music world; there is a special kind of patronization towards young women who are devout fans to any kind of “pop” artist such as Harry Styles. Not just with pop, either but other sub genres in music. Young women are patronized and made fun of for liking just about any kind of music or not liking a certain style. They are treated as if their fandom is unintelligent and trivial; it is more deep rooted than that. So as a former (sometimes not former) fangirl, Thank you Harry for advocating us on your behalf. The legitimization of young women is something we need more of society.
Harry’s album is set to be released on May 12th of this year.