Who knew that a lightweight Disney cosplay could be so controversial?
Photos of Harry Styles disguised as Ariel from The Little Mermaid have recently resurfaced on social media, sparking a host of strong reactions.
According to Newsweek, the photos were taken when the singer hosted Saturday Night Live in November 2019.
Several fans saw the humor, adding their own jokes and memes.
“Sources say Harry Styles will play Ariel in Disney’s upcoming ‘The Little Mermaid’ movie,” one wrote.
Another shared one of the snaps side-by-side with another from Styles resembling Prince Eric, tweeting, “Ariel and Prince Eric are the best couple in Disney.”
Not everyone was so amused.
“Straight guys are so obsessed with trying to be different lol,” wrote one clearly very original gay fan.
“He wants that attention so much,” added another, who appeared to miss the part about those SNL promotional photos from two years ago.
Others jumped to his defense, with one commenting, “The amount of homophobia in these responses is not surprising. They can’t get the point because clothes are clothes, they don’t have gender.