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Noah Cyrus apologizes for using a racist remark to defend Harry Styles amid Candace Owens row

Noah Cyrus said Thursday she was mortified after using a racist remark to defend Harry Styles after Candace Owens' call to 'bring back manly men.'

The 20-year-old sister of Miley Cyrus was defending the Watermelon Sugar singer when she made the remark, presumably at the expense of conservative commentator Candace Owens.

The Nashville native said in an Instagram Stories post that Styles looks 'better than any of u nappy a*s heauxz' in his dress. 

In response, Owens hit back saying: 'Any one of woke liberals care to explain to me how @noahcyrus calling me a 'nappy a*s hoe' is not racist? I'm all ears. You guys love cancel culture. @mileycyrus come get your sister!'   

The latest: Noah Cyrus, 20, said Thursday she was mortified after using a racist remark to defend Harry Styles, 26, after Candace Owens' call to 'bring back manly men'

The Nashville native said in an Instagram Stories post that Styles looks 'better than any of u nappy ass heauxz' in his dress 

In response, Owens said 'any one of woke liberals care to explain to me how @noahcyrus calling me a 'nappy a*s hoe' is not racist? I'm all ears'

After receiving considerable backlash to the remarks, the Make Me (Cry) performer said she was 'mortified' at her unintended use of the offensive term.

'I am mortified that I used a term without knowing the context and history,' she said, 'but I know now and I am horrified and truly sorry. I will never use it again. Thank you for educating me.'

The racist term, 'nappy', is used to refer to the natural texturee of the hair of African Americans, and it is considered a vile slur.

In 2007, the racist term 'nappy-headed hos' was used by U.S. radio host Don Imus to refer to a Rutger's University's basketball team - most of whom were black.  After Imus used the term prominent black leaders Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton demanded he be fired. He show suspended for two weeks by CBS Radio and MSNBC who broadcast 'Imus in the Morning'. He was later fired by CBS for using the term.

Apology: After receiving considerable backlash to the remarks, the Make Me (Cry) performer said she was 'mortified' at her unintended use of the offensive term

Owens has doubled down on her criticism of Harry Styles, renewing her calls to 'bring back manly men' after she slammed the former One Direction star for wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue

Cyrus's comment was off the back of Owens criticizing Styles because he did not exemplify what it is to be manly after wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue.  

Styles had already responded to the jab from the right-wing personality, sharing his own Instagram post using her own call to 'Bring back manly men' as a caption.

Owens said in response, 'When people try to tell me I don't have influence, and then [Styles] dedicates an entire post to my tweet.' 

The former One Direction star, 26, made history as the first ever solo male cover star of US Vogue in its 127-year history - and for the occasion he opted to shake things up with his sartorial choices, donning a ball gown and a custom Gucci jacket.

Right-wing activist Owens took umbrage to the singer's shoot, writing: 'There is no society that can survive without strong men … bring back manly men.' 

In what she described as 'the steady feminization of our men', in a thread of tweets  Owens addressed the controversy her comments have since provoked and sought also to reiterate her stance on the matter.

'Since I'm trending I'd like to clarify what I meant when I said 'bring back manly men',' she wrote in response to the backlash November 16. 'I meant: Bring back manly men.

'Terms like 'toxic masculinity', were created by toxic females. Real women don't do fake feminism,' she continued. 'Sorry I'm not sorry.'

'Bring back manly men': Harry Styles has been slammed by conservative commentator Candace Owens, after he posed for US Vogue in a dress

In retort of one responder claiming she was '50 years behind on culture and education', insisting male artists – such as Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Kurt Cobain – have been 'crossdressing' for decades, Owens wrote: 'PSA: Mining pictures on the internet of men in dresses is not going to suddenly make me attracted to men in dresses.

'I'm impervious to woke culture,' she said. 'Showing me 50 examples of something won't make it any less stupid. #BringBackManlyMen.'

Right-wing commentator Matt Walsh also waded in to voice support of Owens' comments, writing that she was trending on Twitter 'because of a bunch of whiney idiots are mad that she said men who wear dresses aren't manly.

'Her statement, of course, is true and utterly self-evident, and would have provoked no reaction as recently as a decade ago,' Walsh continued.

In response, Owens said: 'Wait until they find out that I also think women should be feminine – and I enjoy cooking for and taking care of my husband. DEFCON 1', accompanied by a GIF of Elmo engulfed in flames.

In retort of one responder claiming she was '50 years behind on culture and education', insisting male artists – such as Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Kurt Cobain – have been 'crossdressing' for decades, Owens wrote: 'PSA: Mining pictures on the internet of men in dresses is not going to suddenly make me attracted to men in dresses

In her initial admonishment of Styles on Saturday, Owens wrote: '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.'

Concluding her fiery tweet, the right wing media personality, a vocal supporter of US President Donald Trump, asserted: 'It is an outright attack. Bring back manly men.'

Though Styles himself is yet to respond to the jeering of Owens, other celebrities have clapped-back at the 31-year-old.

Among them is Olivia Wilde, the director behind the upcoming movie, Don't Worry Darling, in which Harry Styles stars in a leading role.

In her response, Wilde simply wrote: 'You're pathetic.'

Owens then directly referenced Wilde's recent split with actor Jason Sudeikis when she shockingly hit back: 'You're single for a reason.' The tweet was subsequently deleted. 

Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood also offered his two cents on Monday, writing: 'I think you've missed the definition of what a man is. Masculinity alone does not make a man.'

'DON'T TEMPT ME, FRODO,' she wrote in response, before later adding: 'Sorry. One of my favorite movies. Couldn't miss the opportunity. I'm only human.'

Defending: After coming across the fiery tweet Olivia Wilde, left, leapt to the defence of Harry

Low blow: Olivia hit back by branding Candace 'pathetic', prompting the media personality to return a low blow as she stated, 'You're single for a reason'

Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood also offered his two cents on Monday, writing: 'I think you've missed the definition of what a man is. Masculinity alone does not make a man.' 'DON'T TEMPT ME, FRODO,' she wrote in response

In an accompanying interview with his new groundbreaking shoot for Vogue - which includes the strap-line, 'Harry Styles makes his own rules' - the pop sensation admitted he enjoys dressing up and isn't prohibited by pre-conceived barriers regarding what people of opposing sexes should and should not wear.

He said: 'Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with... when you take away 'There's clothes for men and there's clothes for women,' once you remove any barriers, obviously you open up the arena in which you can play.'

Slam: Right wing media personality Candace Owens said, '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'

Styles said he was inspired by gender-blurring male showmen including David Bowie, Prince, Elvis, Freddie Mercury and Elton John, whom he says also influence him musically.

He added: 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. There's so much joy to be had in playing with clothes.'

Another picture in the series finds the singer sporting a white a pink tutu over a generously cut suit as he poses in the countryside, while others find him modelling a series of kilts. 

In recent years, Owens has drawn attention for her social media confrontations with a host of celebrities and public figures, including rapper Cardi B.

She founded the 'Blexit' campaign to encourage black voters to 'exit' the Democrats as a play on Brexit, the term for Britain leaving the European Union.

Candace is now married to British-born Peter Farmer, whose father Lord Farmer was a major supporter of Brexit.

The conservative firebrand also formed a friendship with Kanye West, soon after he publicly expressed public support for President Trump. 

The full interview is available in the latest edition of US Vogue.   

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