I realised today that sometimes in this fandom, and perhaps more particularly, the Harry&Louis part, we lose sight of what it is we’re even doing here. We get distracted (and rightly so) by tours, interviews, tweets, instagrams, and videos of the boys — as well as fighting, drama, anon hate, and dragging each other within the fandom to the point where many lose sight of what brought us together in the first place. For a lot of people, that’s the music, and for others, it’s Harry&Louis — and others, it’s a combination of the two. We look at every new event or interview with microscopic tunnel vision, looking at Harry or Louis for some sign of interaction to the point where we need to watch the video back two, three, four times just to be content there was/wasn’t something there, as well as to even register what it is the band is doing. We take out fine tooth combs to scour the internet and sources and articles, looking for links and missing puzzle pieces and things that management or journalists were too sloppy (or too cocky) to leave out. The supporters of Harry&Louis are so caught up in reinforcing that we’ve forgotten how to remember — to remind ourselves why we’re here and what we’re doing all of this for. And to me, it’s love. The fact that it’s happening between two men or within the world’s biggest band is of course extremely significant, as LGTBQ+ representation in today’s society is something you hardly see, and when you do, you have to hold onto it and fight for it. But beneath it all, at the very base level, it’s love that we’re advocating for and fighting with. Personally, I’d rather people think I had wasted months or years of my life believing that two people were in love than to have dedicated the same amount of time to harassing, bullying, and abusing strangers on the internet for their beliefs. I think the supporters within this fandom need to be reminded that we’re here because we believe in love, and that’s always more powerful than hate, even if it’s hard to remember that with a full inbox of anons or shitty tags or comments on an otherwise harmless post.
So this video, to me, is the perfect way to remind everyone who supports Harry&Louis of why we’re here and what we’re doing blogging our lives away — it’s for love. Their love, yes, but when you think about it, we’re held together by it, proving that it’s a force to be reckoned with. Take a moment of your day to remind yourself of love and watch the video, then go back to your regularly scheduled examination of that stranger whose girlfriend is the second cousin of that one person who stood next to Louis in April, then was spotted with Harry in July, because your thorough examination and powers of deduction are scarily brilliant. And everyone else in the fandom, don’t let the anti’s get you down - because I know where I’d rather be standing when it all comes out in the wash.
[Rainbow Direction | Video]