Billy Porter has made no secret of his displeasure with Harry Styles' 2020 Vogue cover. Porter explained his viewpoint in an interview with The Telegraph, saying that Styles was selected for the first male cover because of his identification as a "white and straight" man.

Porter said that before the publication of the cover, the editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, had a chat with him in which she asked for advice on the course that Vogue should pursue.

Notably, Porter had previously expressed his disapproval of Styles' Vogue cover while making it clear that his criticism wasn't directed at the musician.

He expressed his worries, emphasising how the circumstance had negatively affected him. He said he was concerned about the way Styles seemed to be using Porter's community for his personal advancement without making any significant sacrifices.

Before the cover was published, Porter recalled a conversation with Anna Wintour in which she asked about enhancing Vogue's strategy. Porter was unprepared and regretted not expressing his opinions more forcefully during this encounter:

Before the cover was published, Porter recalled a conversation with Anna Wintour in which she asked about enhancing Vogue's strategy. Porter was unprepared and regretted not expressing his opinions more forcefully during this encounter:

"That comment caught me by surprise, and I missed the opportunity to convey what I truly should have said."  

In conclusion, Billy Porter's criticism highlights his opinion that Harry Styles' selection for the Vogue cover demonstrated a lack of inclusion and true knowledge of the LGBTQ+ community.

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