Legendary Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is finding out the hard way that you should never cross online pop stans.
Jagger recently made comments about fellow Harry Styles, who is often compared to him, that many fans took to be disparaging. And Styles' rabid fanbase is not having it--in fact, they're downright furious.
The controversy erupted after Jagger called Styles a "superficial" version of him who resembles him only in looks, and the backlash has been heated.
Styles is having a moment right now following the release of his third album Harry's House and the soaring success of its lead single, "As It Was."
And as something of an elder statesman in rock-n-roll, Jagger was asked about Styles when he recently sat down for an interview with The London Times. His response can best be described as tepid at best.--with maybe even a hint of jealousy.
It started off well enough, with Jagger telling TheTimes:
"I like Harry — we have an easy relationship."
But it quickly became clear he doesn't exactly appreciate Styles' reputation as "the new Jagger"--and might even be a little jealous of the young superstar. He went on to say:
"I used to wear a lot more eye make-up than him. Come on, I was much more androgynous."
"He doesn’t have a voice like mine or move on stage like me; he just has a superficial resemblance to my younger self, which is fine — he can’t help that."
Yikes. Jagger's recent take stands in stark contrast to several previous positive comments he's made about Styles, praising him both as a performer and a musican, saying once in 2015 that Styles has "got it going on."
The whole thing has reminded many people of a similar flap between younger and elder legends a decade ago, in which Madonna called her heir apparent Lady Gaga's 2011 hit "Born This Way" "reductive" for its striking resemblance to her "Express Yourself."
Much like that controversy, fans and non-fans of Styles alike are angry at what they see as Jagger's jealous and ungracious swipe at a younger impresario.
Though not everyone was team Styles--some were on Jagger's side on this one.
Here's hoping Jagger and Styles can mend fences and maintain mutual admiration like Madonna and Gaga have been able to do. There's plenty of room for multiple legends!