Alright, so I know I’ve been quiet this week, but I wanted to take a step back from things and maybe revise a few of my opinions on this whole situation. I’ve said a few times that I think it’s possible or even likely that they would renew a contract with Modest, if only because One Direction have got a lot of sway right now.
I don’t think I agree with myself on that anymore.
Because they’re trying to shed that fanbase anyway. They need (and by all appearances, want) to ditch the young fans in favour of an older, more permanent fanbase. As I’ve said before, the kids will make you loads of money at the start, but adults are the ones who are going to make sure you stick around.
They may remain closeted for a while yet for business and financial reasons, but I’d almost say it’s inevitable that their closet will loosen in severity if a switch is made. From what I gather about how things were this time last year, I’d say it already has loosened a great deal.
They have two entirely different approaches because they have two entirely different closets. Harry has more wiggle room, so he’s louder about it. Louis’ much more restricted, so he has to do it in smaller ways. But he is doing it. He’s undermining his relationship with Eleanor every chance he gets, for starters.
But, no, I think it’s very unlikely that they’d ever come out separately. If they did that, Harry (who people always think will be the first one out when this idea is brought up) would essentially still be in the closet. He could say “Hello, world, I’m gay. Out and proud!” but he’d still be hiding one of the biggest parts of his life — his relationship. He’d wind up linked to an endless parade of men rather than women, and the same cycle would continue.
(For people who didn’t see the ask that this is referring to, I was talking about the fact that there are really two probable possibilities of what’s going on right now in terms of how they’re currently being managed by Modest, one being that they’re reaching the very end of a contract and have made it clear that they won’t be continuing it.)
That basically means that, on Modest’s part, they’re managing the band to the extent that they can’t be sued for negligence, but they’re not putting any extra effort into them beyond what basically amounts to the bare minimum. On One Direction’s side, it means that they’re playing along with the company line, but only to the extent that they contractually have to. For example, Harry probably can’t explicitly say “I’m gay” but he’s found some sort of loophole or weak spot that allows him to tweet the things he’s been tweeting and do the things he’s been doing.
In general, it means that neither party seems all that concerned about how the other feels towards them in the long term. It looks as though they’re just biding time until they can part ways without getting involved in a lawsuit.
Irving Azoff is very very powerful and apparently not shy to wield that power.
Industry people call him the poison dwarf because he’s short and will take you down if you cross him, but apparently his clients love him. He’s notorious for going hard for the people he represents.
The line between good dude and bad dude is all a matter of opinion when you’re talking about kings of industry.
Acknowledging the courage it takes for one person to take a stand does not diminish the courage it takes for another to be himself.
That’s the thing — When things change, they change fast. Publicists can spend upwards of a year planning out every little detail of a move like that, but when they actually execute the plan, everything falls into place within a few weeks or months.
I’m just speculating, basing things on my own experience, and I’ve not been around long enough to know their traditional patterns, so this may well just be more of the same. Something could force them back into line tomorrow for all I know. But right now, to me, it looks like things are changing.
Lexy and I realized around 30 seconds in that Harry is wearing the Michael Sam jersey. After that, I was so excited I forgot I was recording, so we missed him giving us the thumbs up and it is mostly shots of my watch. There is some fairly nice footage of Louis and Harry standing together at the beginning though, and we think maybe Harry was looking into the crowd for our sign when he came out onto the catwalk. We didn’t hold it up until after we saw the name on the jersey, and obviously we’ll never know for sure.