To say or do something so clear that it’s close to impossible for people to try to explain it away as something else. ‘Glaringly obvious’ isn’t close enough to that.
All the people who say stuff like, the photo isn’t literally of Harry and Louis and therefore it means nothing, or ‘if I post a photo of two girls does that mean I’m gay?’ are the reason why Harry is not out.
Somehow I find this ignorance some people have fascinating? It’s actually quite sad, thinking about what he may could do to convince people and what they do say :D Probably even a very blatant “I’m gay” would be shrugged off as something. I don’t know “he lost a bet” “that’s not a real picture”, somehow I cannot think of anything that would convince people. It’s not the “strong” pic it’s happy pride, michael sam, these charities, the secret lyrics, etc. what else do people want?!
This phenomenon is probably the most fascinating part of this fandom, I agree.
What he’s doing is inspiring a lot of anger, denial, and outright manifestations of homophobia from people (think of the fans with the ‘Michael Sam will burn in hell’ sign), so it’s definitely causing an effect. I suspect that the more he does stuff like this, the easier on him and on the fandom it will be when he does come out—people will be prepared for it. From what I hear, thanks to Harry’s behavior over the last year, the more some fans see the ‘true Harry’ the less they like him. And so the people who are fans out of false expectations are getting fewer and fewer in number.