Love him or hate him, Brad Pitt is an American institution. And last night, at the premiere of his new film Bullet Train, he made a fashion choice that everyone’s gagging over.
That’s right: he wore a skirt. And I’ve got to say, it looks good. Even if it’s a case of Harry Styles-esque queerbaiting, the man looks great in a skirt. But what man doesn’t?
— Etalk (@etalkCTV) July 20, 2022
Pitt is a fairly complicated figure in American media. For one thing, Angelina Jolie has been outspoken in recent years about the alleged abuse she faced while married to Pitt, explaining that she feared for the safety of herself and her children while in the marriage.
Add this to Pitt’s recent GQ cover, and you’ve got yourself a complicated case of a celebrity seemingly trying to rebrand for a younger audience in light of some pretty serious abuse charges.
brb writing about the queer-ification of men who are being accused of abuse publicly. https://t.co/qMaJEkX8pI
— justiça para dom e bruno #ForaBolsonaro (@NicoleFroio) June 22, 2022
Nothing is more insulting towards people than to insult their intelligence by FAKING YOUR SEXUAL ORIENTATION just for a quick buck#BradPitt calculating sly PR attempts is get people to watch his new movie by tapping into manipulative queerbaiting non-straight communities tactics pic.twitter.com/dgSslLDjo3
— ¥Judy¥ (@judyju18) June 30, 2022
Is he just pulling a Harry Styles? Or is he trying to tell us something? Maybe he’s just trying to distract us from the fact of his alleged abuse. We don’t know.
Brad pitt in berlin 😉 pic.twitter.com/qguSt5znFw
— 𝙅𝙪𝙙𝙚 ʳᵘˢʰ (@violetrroses) July 19, 2022
As this user pointed out, this isn’t actually new for Pitt. But it is intriguing.
The number of people losing their damn minds because Brad Pitt wore a skirt to a premiere & saying they no longer respect him probably don’t remember the 90s. pic.twitter.com/YjsSW7ZxJZ
— Deirdre Statham (@deirdrestatham) July 20, 2022
Gotta say, this was a LEWK.
— samantha ronson (@samantharonson) July 20, 2022
But once again, I must ask: have we forgotten the charges of abuse?? I guess we have??? Ugh.
— Bóna Zsuzsanna ( Susan) (@Susan95077941) July 19, 2022
While it’s fun to see conservatives lose their tiny mind over the combination of man + skirt, it’s still not a great reason to celebrate a man who allegedly abused his wife and children.
All the dinosaurs aghast today at Brad Pitt in a skirt. I freaking love it, personally! https://t.co/hBFJeThTPH
— Tara Slone (@TaraSlone) July 20, 2022
Some users are taking this moment as an educational opportunity, which is a good way to go:
Brad Pitt is making the headlines for wearing a skirt, which is a great opportunity to think more about the long history of unisex clothing and their popularity. A thread/ 1 pic.twitter.com/jpibQMdvLo
— Einav Rabinovitch-Fox (@DrEinavRFox) July 21, 2022
It’s worth noting that though Pitt is the one making headlines, several other cast members showed out in style last night.
Zazie Beetz ripped that gorgeous dress right off of a Bratz doll and we’re obsessed. Meanwhile, Brian Tyree Henry aka Phastos himself showed out in a stunning olive suit with wide lapels and showstopping accessories:
Brian Tyree Henry killed it in green suit style 💚 pic.twitter.com/1W8xQwylNx
— Etalk (@etalkCTV) July 20, 2022
Next time, can we all just remember that, while wearing a skirt as a cis man is cool, it doesn’t actually make up for being a (probably) not very good person?