Harry Styles played a gay intern on Saturday Night Live – and his sexuality wasn’t the joke

Harry Styles Saturday Night Live

Harry Styles – the sexually ambiguous lesbian icon, also a British singer – made his Saturday Night Live debut last night.

Several aspects of this are deserving of their own write up. The outfits. Releasing a single, ‘Watermelon Sugar’, from his second album – while hosting SNL. The One Direction jokes. Those yellow flares.

But genuinely, the most refreshing part was watching Styles play a gay character – a millennial social-media intern, no less, hauled in front of his bosses for some “off message” account activity – and realising that the jokes were not about the character being gay.

Styles said several things during the sketch, which saw him play the Instagram manager for Sarah Lee Desserts, that destroyed the queer internet.

“For example, why did Sara Lee comment on this picture of Nick Jonas saying, ‘Wreck me, daddy’?” Styles is asked.

Admitting to mixing up his personal Instagram account with the Sara Lee account, Styles goes on to explain what it had meant to comment three aubergine emojis, a water droplet emoji, a train emoji and the ghost emoji on a picture from a young guy’s account that has less than 200 followers.

That’s a reference to “getting railed to death, yes,” Styles said.

He’s then told that the lack of replies to these comments are really bad for the brand. “Nick Jonas not replying to Sarah Lee? Okay. But some random fashion twink?”

Styles is also grilled on whether there are typos in the caption of a sandwich, which should have been about Sara Lee’s range of food but instead were about feeling sad after a threesome.

“I don’t think so?” he says, adding: “But Sarah Lee wrote those at four in the morning while he was still on a poppers high.”

Styles reads out the next caption: “A little moody after being used. Why do guys freak out when I ask them to spit in my mouth? Need a real king that can handle. It’s 8am and have to go to hell job at Sara Lee. A little in my head after another threesome.”

The “queer nonsense” Styles spouted on SNL was funny. But the jokes weren’t at the expense of gay men. Perhaps certain other comedians should take notes.