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One Direction’s Harry Styles Says Twerking Promotes Promiscuity, Is “Quite Inappropriate”

2013 MTV Music Awards held at the Barclays Center - Press Room  Featuring: Liam Payne,Zayn Malik,Niall Horan,Harry Styles,Louis Tomlinson,One Direction Where: Brooklyn, New York, United States When: 25 Aug 2013 Credit: WENN.com  **Not available for publication in Germany**

One Direction attend the 2013 MTV VMAs: Harry Styles not positioned at center, astonishingly.

If a post is published on the internet and the headline doesn’t include the word “twerk” (or variations therefor), did it even exist?

…No. In fact, the only thing better than a headline with the word “twerk” in it right now is a headline with the word “twerk” and the name “Harry Styles.”

…The only conceivable headline better than that would be something along the lines of “One Direction’s Harry Styles Twerks On Anti-Aging Miracle, Flaunts Stunning Weight Loss: Penis Enlargement.” But… we make do.

Anyway, apparently Moviefone saw fit to ask the 19-year-old what he thought of the overnight-pop-culture-phenomenon-several-decades-in-the-making and he replied:

“I think it’s quite inappropriate,” Styles told Moviefone. “Especially for the age groups that it’s aimed at.”

When we followed up on that question by asking the guys if they’re concerned about the sometimes very young age of their fans, Styles chimed in again. “When they’re twerking, yes,” he added. “I think it’s, you know, promoting promiscuity.”

Does anyone want to make a quick bulleted list of the things wrong with this statement?

Let’s start with the obvious: is twerking aimed at children? Last we knew, no.

The second, and perhaps more obvious problem here: that hilariously alarmist “promoting promiscuity” bit. By which we mean,Styles sounds an awful lot like Pat Robertson for a guy with a goddamn butterfly tattooed across his abdomen.

So, is this just an incident of a famous teenager mouthing off (obliviously) on a currently stormy pop culture talking point? Is it a (barely) veiled dig at Miley Cyrus and her infamous VMAs performance? Does One Direction need as many headlines as they can get when they have a movie to promote?

The answer, we’d say, is “lose 10 lbs in 7 days by following this ONE trick to a flat belly.”

(via Us Weekly, who described said infamous Miley Cyrus performance thusly: “Scantily clothed, Cyrus, 20, thrusted her hips in a provocative manner several times while performing “Blurred Lines” alongside Robin Thicke, 36″)

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