Music snobs. We all know one, we've all experienced one; perhaps, if you're being completely honest, you're *gasp!* even one yourself.
It takes a lot of effort and energy to be a music snob and to turn your nose up at a certain genre - but one man who's come in for a lot of praise regarding the matter is Harry Styles.
The former One Directioner made his name peddling pop to (mostly) teenage girls, but although his solo material has taken a move towards the 'mature' end of the spectrum, he's not afraid to defend the fans that put him where he is today.
In his new interview with Rolling Stone - during which he also spoke about his relationship with Taylor Swift - he spoke about pop music and his younger fanbase, saying:
"Who's to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That's not up to you to say.
"Music is something that's always changing. There's no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they're not serious? How can you say young girls don't get it? They're our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don't lie. If they like you, they're there. They don't act 'too cool.' They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick."
The passage has been quoted a lot on Twitter over the past few days, with people applauding his sense of perspective:
Harry Styles understands the power of teenage-girl fans 97% more than the average person.
— Stats Britain (@StatsBritain) April 18, 2017
harry styles talking about appreciating teenage girls and valuing their taste is important. pic.twitter.com/00G2M0wag5
— georgia l luckhurst (@glluckhurst) April 18, 2017
women: teenage girls are important
harry styles: teenage girls are important
everyone: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! slay !!!!! holy shit
— Eilish Gilligan (@eilishgilligan) April 19, 2017
Harry styles sticking up for teenage fans is the best thing about today pic.twitter.com/sI6XPbkY5N
— ðŸŒ¸Sign Of The Times (@NiallSunshine1D) April 18, 2017
Someone finally said it. And of course it was Harry Styles. Teenage girls pay yo billz pic.twitter.com/HxwLl7SRsZ
— Ashton Hutchins (@ashtonhutchins) April 18, 2017
Harry Styles appreciates teenage girls + our unrestrained enthusiasm - Harry Styles is the best pic.twitter.com/vmHo5wnJ4K
— Powered by Girl (@poweredbygirl) April 18, 2017
I LOVE HARRY STYLES. TEENAGE GIRLS ARE THE FUTURE. https://t.co/tnPcNEXaEM
— Ryann Griffin (@ryannleegriffin) April 18, 2017
100% here for Harry Styles defending his young, largely female fan base. Harry Styles is the hero the pop music industry deserves âœŒðŸ?¼ pic.twitter.com/pKMjbA6OdT
— Don't Bore Us (@DontBoreUs) April 18, 2017
— brittany taylor (@BRITTAN_Y_) April 19, 2017
Thank you for this.
the young, female doctor who loves pop music pic.twitter.com/XaM4xprlBI
— katerina (@packersbananas) April 18, 2017
This quote is pretty much why Harry Styles is such an important figure in pop music & why the dudes just discovering him do not deserve him pic.twitter.com/zqq6cLF349
— Nat (@younatemperor) April 18, 2017