don’t take away someone’s wings just ‘cause you don’t know how to fly
THAT what they do before the show.
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.
And think about it this way, too. The only reason we know anything at all is because Harry and Louis resisted being closeted. The things we blog and reblog are moments where they told us what’s really going on. They knew the consequences of those actions much better than we do, yet they chose to take them anyway. Support them by supporting those actions. I don’t know how you get up the guts to wear a rainbow shirt in front of basically the whole world when you’re not yet technically out so…that’s my icon. :)
Jumping around the room like I’m on fire.
HARRY WHAT R U DOING
there are so many outings (mainly because harry outs himself 90% of the time he tweets)
but here we go:
5. When Niall says that two of them are together after asked about relationships
4. Liam saying they’re in a relationship when Louis says that people genuinely believe that
3. When Harry said he doesn’t eat pussy
2. When they made the Mario Kart innuendo
1. When Harry confirms him and Louis are dating
#this literally gave me the shivers #their lips would fit so well against each other #harry’s are full and plump #louis’s are thin and pouty #louis would suck harry’s bottom lip between his #bite on it lightly #draw away teasingly and let harry follow #then dive back in #mouth parted #curling his tongue in #traces harry’s lip #and harry would moan a little #meet louis’s tongue with his #slick and soft and slow and sensual (alittlebitmorelarry)