Styles addressed the audience: "This is one of the most disgusting traditions I’ve ever heard of."
Harry Styles has gone viral overnight for partaking in a foul Australian tradition: the shoey.
Performing at HBF Park in Perth on the first night of his current Australian tour, Styles shocked and delighted fans when he did his first-ever shoey (and performed hits from his Grammy Award-winning album, Harry's House, for the first time in the country).
"It’s been a dream of mine," the As It Was singer said before pouring the contents of a bottle into his own shoe.
"This is one of the most disgusting traditions I’ve ever heard of," he added, then went for it, downing the contents of his sneaker before putting it back on his foot.
Addressing the audience after the shoey, he commented, "I feel like a different person; I feel ashamed of myself. It feels so personal, such an intimate moment to be shared with so many people. I’ll be discussing this with my therapist at length." View the footage below.
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Performing his hit, Music For A Sushi Restaurant (which peaked at #4 on the ARIA Singles Chart), Styles slid down on his knees when a huge hole ripped around his crotch area. While he looked down with a touch of exasperation, he moved on with a laugh and covered the hole by wrapping a Pride flag around his waist.
The singer acknowledged the incident after, commenting, "My trousers ripped. I feel I must apologise to a certain few of you right down in the front there. I mean, this is a family show... Or is it?"
"What you don’t know is that the moment the curtain opened, and it was time to perform, our turntable started spinning in reverse," dancer Brandon Mathis claimed in an Instagram story (per Rolling Stone). "Backwards. Freaking all of us out on live television, and there was nothing we could do to stop it. In real time, we had to troubleshoot and try to do a complete piece in reverse. Talk about professionalism."
In a The Music cover story, Canadian artist Mackenzie Porter called doing a shoey her "worst nightmare".
"I've heard about shoeys, and I do not want to do that. Everyone's like, ‘You have to.’ I'm like, ‘Oh, that's like my worst nightmare!’ It’s just so gross. Everyone knows I hate feet," she said.
The Music has also argued that the "shoey" chant is intrusive to artists performing on stage. Demanding artists to drink alcohol out of a dirty shoe while simply trying to do their job and perform their art reinforces the global and widespread belief that Australia’s culture is surrounded and defined by alcohol consumption.