anon writing about the 8-29-15 Chicago show:
I’ve been trying to process it all day, and I still haven’t completely.
First though, we were in an extremely homophobic section. Like the row in front of us, to a couple back. The girl next to me had a “Harry, Michael Sams will burn in hell” sign! I bought my tickets on StubHub, and idk if they all were there together or what, but everyone around us was rude as soon as we showed up. My phone background is a photo I took of Harry in the MS jersey and the same girl as before made a point to let EVERYONE know about it. I didn’t see the sign until the show started though, and Louis definitely saw it right as the show was starting and instantly deflated. The next song in, we made awkward eye contact and it was torture for me. I just smiled and mouthed sorry and he sort of shrugged his shoulders. A few more songs in someone in the row behind us threw something and almost hit Harry and he looked right at me, then I think he saw the sign and he wasn’t the same near our section all night. At one point, Harry was apparently supposed to be in our section, and Louis grabbed Liam and moved him further down and walked with him. When Liam saw the sign he frowned and turned to sing to the other side. When that song was over, those girls left. Then Harry was back to our side again.
Before the show I saw and heard so much shit, afterwards it was just as bad. This one girl at the end when we were leaving was wearing a “Larry forever” shirt and was being bullied. My friend and I jumped in right away, and sort of walked between them, but they didn’t stop and started calling us lesbians, which whatever, why is that offensive? But it was just cruel in the same. The girl ended up crying and we tried to calm her down, but it just made me more upset. We went back to the shore and waited for traffic to clear up and I was crying and just upset and it is so stupid, but I can’t even imagine what that would be like for someone who was closeted and that was the root of it in the end.
Overall, this is a show I sort of wish I had missed. I got some videos of the stuff, and I just felt like a dick being in that group. I mean they were TRYING to nail Harry with things ALL NIGHT LONG. The kid was dodging things the whole show. I think Liam got hit instead at one point.
I wish I had found a flag or something, beforehand but I didn’t. I felt bad for them, I felt bad for those people who weren’t even really there for them, just mostly to be dicks… If I had been somewhere else last night I would have had a way better experience. I felt safer in Detroit alone, than my own home city (now), and that is shit. Makes me anxious about tonight’s.
Sorry of this doesn’t make sense, it’s a jumble of emotions to me, and like I said, still trying to process it all.
Also, because I didn’t say this, they were there for Liam. When Liam kind of rubbed them off, they were screaming ab how happy he was and he came back to us, but like I said, I think he had to have a section at that point? Idk. It was a strange and weird experience and I hope to never relive it.