Harry Styles defends teen girls, says they’re no worse than a ’30-year-old hipster guy’
Who, I ask you, is a better arbiter of what’s good for the teens of the world than America’s No. 1 provider of Green Day cover photography and the writer/director behind the hit film “Aloha”? The new issue of Rolling Stone contains a cover story interview with Harry Styles, the breakout star of teens’ (as in, they were big in the 20teens) boy band One Direction, who now has a solo career. And it’s written by up-and-coming journalist Cameron Crowe. I don’t know much about One Direction because I am not a teen, but I do know that there is a lot of hate around their music, just as there was much hate around their predecessors NSYNC and New Kids on the Block. I also know that their music is fine in the way that all the music we listen to as teens is and was fine, because we were teens, and everyone who listened to NSYNC did not die of shame circa 2002.
Styles hammers home a big defense of his teen girl fans in this interview, which boils down to telling you to stop thinking they’re dumb for liking fun, light pop music specifically targeted at them before the horrors of the world become apparent to them and all they listen to is grim sludge rock out of Portland:
Styles is aware that his largest audience so far has been young – often teenage – women. Asked if he spends pressure-filled evenings worried about proving credibility to an older crowd, Styles grows animated. “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? 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? How can you say young girls don’t get it? They’re our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. 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.”
Twitter is already loving Styles for sticking up for his fans. A reminder that every generation always hates the music that the kids listen to because it makes you feel old because you don’t “get” it. Poptimism for all! The world is falling apart, can we just let the teens live?