FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Harry Styles Wearing A T-Shirt Insulting Tories?

Hannah Hudnall | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows British musical artist Harry Styles wearing a t-shirt crudely insulting the country’s Conservative Party.

Verdict: False

The text has been digitally superimposed onto Styles’ t-shirt. The original image features no text.

Fact Check:

Conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced major backlash after leaked photos suggested he had held parties at Downing Street in 2020 that flouted COVID-19 restrictions at the time, according to BBC News. He recently survived a vote of no-confidence from parliament over the issue, The Associated Press reported.

The Facebook image, which has garnered over 50 reactions, appears to show Harry Styles wearing a t-shirt that reads, “ALL TORIES ARE C***S.” The post’s caption states, “Correct Harry.”

The term “Tory” is a British term for a member of the country’s Conservative party, according to Merriam-Webster. The party seeks to “include the promotion of private property and enterprise, the maintenance of a strong military, and the preservation of traditional cultural values and institutions,” Britannica states.

The photo is digitally altered. A reverse image search revealed the photo first appeared in November 2014 in an article for Irish Mirror, showing Styles leaving the Nice Guy Club in Hollywood, California. (RELATED: Did Arnold Schwarzenegger Wear This Pro-Ukrainian T-Shirt?)

The image also appeared in articles published by the Daily Mail and Just Jared. None of the images taken during that night show Styles wearing anything with political messaging.

Though Styles is not often vocal about his political beliefs, he previously criticized Brexit in 2017 and proclaimed he was “probably going to vote for whoever is against Brexit,” according to NME. He also retweeted a promotional video for President Biden’s presidential campaign back in 2020 with the caption, “If I could vote in America, I’d vote with kindness.”

This is not the first time a political message has been digitally superimposed onto a celebrity’s shirt. Check Your Fact previously debunked an image that appeared to show Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wearing a t-shirt critical of former President Donald Trump.

Hannah Hudnall

Fact Check Reporter

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