I've defended him in this thread here and there, specifically because I do think people have the right to not define their sexuality (especially publicly) if they don't want to, and there isn't much inherently harmful in his empty platitudes, even if he is like a Base Level 101 Advocate at most.
But his comments in this article really annoyed me. “So much of gay sex in film is two guys going at it, and it kind of removes the tenderness from it." sounds like a quote straight out of 2000 trying to offer up a "more family friendly" queer story and think the only other example of gay media is the original Queer as Folk series or some shit. What the fuck does Harry Styles know about "so much of gay sex in film." Because there is media all over that presents many different aspects of queer love, both intimate and tender, raunchy and explicit, and everywhere in between. He sounds like he doesn't know what the fuck he's talking about.
What's also annoying is that, if he was just presenting himself as a straight man, it would be easy to pass off his "it's not a story about gay men being gay, but about human love" type comments as well-intentioned, stereotypical bullshit sound bites from any number of straight actors in the past. But because he dances and flirts around sexual ambiguity, he's convinced people that he's somehow this expert and arbiter of queer experiences. Somebody (many people) lied to him several times, and told him that he was wise, and knowledgable, and well-informed, and intelligent on the topic, and he's nothing like that, he's nothing of the sort.
I enjoy this music, I think he's talented, I'm all for him exploring whatever he wants to explore and maybe he'll be a little messy on the journey, but the way he's handled this topic over the years is ... mostly dumb and very insufferable at this point.