and when they went to the queen to tell her her country had no bread, do you know what she said?
Fuck I’m walking downtown and I pass a group of guys staring at me and I think “great catcall time” but then one guy goes “you look like you could kill a man a million different ways with just your bare hands”. This. This is an acceptable comment to give a girl on the street.
Hey Angela! I have a story to tell you. :) I’ve been debating with myself whether or not to actually share this with anyone, because it felt a little bit like something I should keep private, but with all the drama over Louis today (not saying you had anything to do…
I'm terrified by how often the Larry side of the fandom is monitored. I guess you could say I have that prisoner mentality about discussing things openly anymore. I'm so scared all this rebranding talk & Modest being gone soon is only going to piss their team off enough to shut us up with something noteworthy. I know it's coming,things never stay positive in this band,the other shoe always drops. But I love your blog and I appreciate your knowledge about the industry.....but I'm still scared lol
Yeah, I tend to publish things on this blog with the assumption that people from their team will see it (hello there!) which is why I tend to speak more openly when I’m just privately messaging people that I’m a bit more familiar with rather than posting publicly.
That said, I don’t think it’s healthy to be afraid to talk about things in general. Whether they see it or not, if they’re in the process of a transition or a rebranding or whatever, they’re not going to stop just because people are talking about it on tumblr.
Their team isn’t all-powerful, and while they may have money at the forefront of their minds, they’re not vindictive prison wardens that are looking for an excuse to punish you or anyone else. Don’t be afraid to think and use your logical reasoning skills.
How come anons always say THIS, and not something like, “Oh my god, can you imagine if there WASN’T a huge network of Larry blogs and Twitter accounts out there, letting Harry and Louis and TPTB know just how much vocal and committed support there is for these two? Can you imagine how much more alone they would probably feel? Can you imagine how much easier it would be for TPTB to justify the closet?”
That’s the argument I want to see people start making.
Yes, yes, yes. The fact that they are watching us isn’t “scary” or “creepy” as I’ve heard a lot of people say. We are publicly posting our opinions on the internet - of course the people and brand that we are opining on are interested.
The closeting and homophobic marketing isn’t our fault. Harry and Louis weren’t heavily closeted because too many people noticed and liked their relationship. They were heavily closeted because One Direction was trying to break into a homophobic market. TPTB knew that Louis would be easily read as gay, so they took steps to prevent that from happening.
The fandom was encouraged to turn against Larry shippers not because we were hurting Harry and Louis in any way, but for three reasons that I can see:
- If it became widely known in middle America that they were together, that would jeopardize the band’s US success (I actually don’t really buy this point, because I don’t think an online community would easily convince the homophobic crowd of this);
- A fandom filled with vocal, visible LGBTQA+ people and supporters is not a fandom that homophobes want to be part of, and they were looking to attract a homophobic market; and
- If the LGBTQA+ fans and supporters became too vocal, Harry and Louis would be encouraged to come out, would want to come out, and would not cooperate with the closet. Scaring Larry shippers/supporters into silence removed that support, and made them easier to manage. (Thanks to @ziamstylinson4life for bringing this point to my attention).
Just imagine how important our LOUD, VOCAL, VISIBLE support must be for Harry, as he keeps taking steps out of the closet that draw the ire of a large segment of the fandom. Imagine if he saw the “Harry, Michael Sam will burn in hell sign,” but DIDN’T also get to see a rainbow “We love you Harry, no matter what” sign. Imagine HOW MUCH WORSE that would be.
Think of Louis! If he were silenced, his entire fanbase would consist of people who think that he is a homophobic person who dropped his best friend because of gay rumours. If that were his fanbase, how confident could he feel that he would have ANY fans left after coming out? Then remember the story of a young fan telling him that she was gay and that he had helped her feel so much better about herself. Remember his response, “I don’t see how that could be true.” The way he has been portrayed has been hurtful to him, and has alienated many of the fans who he most needed to keep. Imagine what a relief it must be to know that there are thousands of people who can see through the lies, and who support him for who he actually is.
This is why Rainbow Direction is so important too. We can’t stop people from slinging hurtful messages at the boys, but we can make sure that they see messages of acceptance right alongside them. Think of Harry giving a smile and thumbs up to rainbow signs at virtually every show. Remember too that Louis twice wore a rainbow shirt when no Rainbow Direction participants were going to be present. They know, and they appreciate.
There is no reason to be scared, or to censor yourself because management might be looking. Blog as if the boys are reading, and they need every bit of support they can get. We HAVE to be loud, and we HAVE to be visible, if we’re going to effect any positive change at all.
Friendly reminder that Harry anchored Louis.
louis: did you hang out with nick last night?
harry: ya know …yeah i did
louis: ohhh ha.. .. i love nick!
harry: you hate nick?
louis: YEAH NO SHIT… HONEY
my moms favorite pastime is to come into my room, insult all of my life choices, list everything i already know i need to do making me 10x more stressed about it than i was before, then leave my door open