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Olivia Wilde slammed conservative activist Candace Owens after she criticized British pop singer Harry Styles for wearing dresses during a recent magazine photo shoot.

Harry, an ex member of the boy band One Direction, became the first male to appear solo on the cover of Vogue. He marked the occasion by blurring gender norms in a photo shoot that featured him wearing dresses.

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On Sunday, Candace retweeted a Vogue post with the comment:

"There is no society that can survive without strong men. The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack. Bring back manly men."

Director and actress Wilde, who is friends with Harry and cast him in her new movie Don't Worry Darling, reacted angrily to the conservative commentator's post, tweeting, "You're Pathetic."

Candace later clarified her "manly men" comment in a follow-up tweet.

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In his Vogue interview Harry explained he shops for women's clothing to challenge gender norms in society.

"I'll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women's clothes thinking they're amazing.

"It's like anything - anytime you're putting barriers up in your own life, you're just limiting yourself."