New Year, New Harry


Adriana Rodriguez and Justyce Reed

On Jan. 1, Harry Styles released a music video for his “Treat People With Kindness” song that was first released in December of 2019. In just one day, the video reached over 7 million views and 1 million likes on YouTube.


We’ve both been fans of Harry Styles and One Direction for many years. We watched each member grow into their own person and develop their own styles over time. In 2016 when the band split up, we noticed Harry Styles’ solo career was getting the most attention. With his debut, self-titled album, many critics and fans seemed to love it, including the both of us. You can only imagine how we felt when he released “Fine Line.” 


Known for unapologetically displaying his femenine side, Styles was featured on the cover of Vogue wearing a dress. While receiving praise from his fans, he was bound to receive criticism as well. Known Republican Party public figure, Candace Owens, found this to be “unmanly.” “Bring back manly men,” as said in one of her tweets, started trending, with many fans defending Styles. In his music video, he appears to be dancing with a woman wearing the exact same clothes and hairstyle as himself. Supporters started to make speculations about who she was representing in the video. Many believed she was supposed to be Styles’s feminine side of fashion. 


Although this video consisted of him dancing on a stage for most of the song, it still sent the message of uplifting others. With the black and white theme and oldies bar setting, it gives off a warm and nostalgic vibe. With the theatrical influence, the dancing and expressions portrayed did anything but disappoint. 


Nothing will compare to our personal favorite music video, “Watermelon Sugar,” as we feel the scene in “Treat People With Kindness” didn’t live up to our expectations. 


Regardless, this music video was still a masterpiece, and if you haven’t seen it, make sure to. Also, be on the lookout for his next music video that is rumored to be “Cherry,” releasing on Feb. 1.