The most consequential election of our times, they said! More consequential than the most consequential election of our times last time, they said! And this time, they'd be right. For there are two options on the ballot: give a dying democracy a much-needed shot in the arm, or euthanise it entirely. What's more, the vote in America has ramifications for us all: it's no coincidence that, following Donald Trump's upset victory in 2016, the man in Downing Street saw it fit to get all jingoistic and pack the backdrop of televised rallies with True Brexit Believers. There's also that small business of a trade deal involving chlorinated chicken. So, whether rightly or wrongly, the US is a template for the rest of us. Harry Styles knows that. Because of course he does.
On the set of Olivia Wilde's upcoming psychological horror, Don't Worry Darling, the 26-year-old implored good Americans to vote – and he did so in the dreamy pastels that made his last music video (and the one before that, and the one before that) prime Twitter drool emoji fodder. People like this stuff. But rather than go all open-shirted exiled Edwardian prince, Styles went a bit wavy Bristol Uni grad that becomes your best mate for all of 14 hours at Dekmantel (and no, you never saw him ever again).
Harry Styles as Jack. That's it. That's the tweet. pic.twitter.com/HXHOHiyWzy
— dee. (@harrymoonchild) November 3, 2020
A post shared by harry styles updates (@harryflorals) on Nov 2, 2020 at 5:53pm PST
That's because he chose sweats by The Elder Statesman – an LA brand that does gap year garms, only in blue chip cashmere – and an 'vote' T-shirt, not from the back of a chorus liner during 'The Age of Aquarius', but rather from Free & Easy: a hi-vis, hi-graphic brand that likes to keep things light. Oh, and for every sale of this very good T-shirt, 100 per cent of proceeds will be donated to non-partisan democracy encouragement initiative, I Am A Voter. (Completists will also want to cop his New Balance 574 trainers, in a very U! S! A! shade of red, white and blue.)
Once, pop stars didn't feel the need to really get involved in politics. That was your business. But when the president of the United States starts locking children up in cages and mocking disabled people, there's a palpable pushback. We all get a little political then. Just last week, Styles made a full-throated endorsement of Joe Biden on Twitter, stating that if he could vote in America, he'd do so "with kindness".
You might tell him to mind his own business. But we have no choice: your business is always going to be ours, too.
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