diggingandfluff asked:

I just saw your tags on the reblog of GoodbyeAdulthood's ask about RBB. What was the acting out in 2012 that you are referencing? So much backstory to learn!

Oh goooooooood. Such a huge story. Trying to be brief but understandable: in spring 2012 Harry stopped cooperating with his closet as much as he had before, he started finding ways to desexualize or divert questions about girls (vs. Paris on Valentine’s Day, the radio interview when Louis stuck his hand down Harry’s pants the second they were asked about girls. Harry said to the female interviewer: ‘Yeah I’ll take you out on a date! We can do that right now!’). Obviously Harry doesn’t do stuff like that anymore. His behavior intensified until you got the very beginning of the U.S. leg of the UAN tour. Harry was asked what he thought of American women and he responded ‘I think they’re very polite’, leaving the interviewer dumbstruck. They were asked in an interview who is single, and Harry did not answer the question and all of the other boys looked completely shocked, and Harry eventually, after a long pause, answered the question (protesting he didn’t hear it). Louis stayed calm the whole time, then ended the interview early by moving everyone off camera. On stage Harry was pushing the homoerotic behavior more and more, not just the subtle sexual stuff that seemed to be just between him and Louis, but actual stuff for the audience, like kissing Louis on the cheek and stroking his cheek. And then, especially with the U.S., singing romantic lyrics directly to Louis, looking like the lovesick puppy he was (while Louis struggled to control his reaction).

So the beginning of the American leg of the tour, as a result of all this gay rumors were going through the roof, fans were screaming that they were on the verge of coming out, this was the time when the Stylinson love child doll was thrown on stage—and it suddenly got shut down and hard. Eleanor was flown in and we got videos like Eleanor and Louis on the balcony in Toronto while Harry did a double take staring at them, they started separating Louis and Harry on stage—putting another boy between them but they would step around him to interact together anyway, stationing Louis behind the couch, I saw Louis look at Harry once and then slap himself. At the same time, the other boys started acting very awkwardly homoerotic, and when they tried it on Louis Louis pushed them away or gave them withering looks. So when the same tactics were implemented on the tmh stage—separation of Louis and Harry, ramped up homoeroticism between the other boys—I knew what I was looking at.

They also did the Much Music interview in Toronto at that time in which they ‘denied’ their relationship, and according to a story told by Dani they had to stop filming in the middle of it and take a break because the denial was so difficult for them. In that interview, you could see Harry get pointed about asking the female interviewer about her interest in seeing boys kiss, and I think that was him questioning the whole premise of why they must be closeted.

While this was going on Harry was acting absolutely miserable. And then they performed in Chicago, and Harry went to kiss Louis on stage at least a couple of times. He went to kiss Louis on the mouth and Louis tore his face away and then said very obviously NO, and Harry laughed in a hysterical manner. Then Louis went to sit down, looking like he was getting over the shock. And then I think Harry went to kiss Louis a second time, and Louis put his hand up to cover their mouths at the last minute and the camera got them just as they were pulling away, so that it looked like Harry was ‘whispering into his mouth’.

I think Harry came close to breaking their closet, without thinking of the consequences. And that was the close call for them, and after that Harry started getting a bunch of protest tattoos—the Temper Trap lyrics about a closeted man fighting against oppression that he had tweeted before, ‘I can’t change’, the hanger, the masks, the cage, etc.

I think in 2012 Harry was more innocent, and I’m thinking that 2014 is better planned.

anonymous asked:

I lov the underlying message of the new promo pictures, it's One Direction in a recording studio as musicians, not as a boyband. The pictures don't seem to be (visibly) photoshopped, nothing's color-coordinated, no flashy graphics or scribblings, everything's quite clean, raw and straight-forward, just like the new song. This is not aimed at at teen audience, this aimed at adults. The pictures are promoting a new authenticity when it comes to the band, let's hope this amazing trend keeps up!

I LOVE the setting they chose for the photos and i love that the focus is really on them. They’re sitting in a studio! MUSIC! It’s all about them and the music! I think that’s a big step in the right direction. The font is clean and simple. It’s minimalistic and mature. I’m extremely happy about all of this.

Can we all please take a look at this?

Because that’s definitely what I call promotion (at least on Twitter).
Look at the amount of tweets in less than 24 hours, the constant hashtag about the album and not only about the free song…
I don’t remember they’ve ever publicized an album or song this hard in a month, definitely not in 21 hours.

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anonymous asked:

Do you really think they're getting ready to come out? Any prediction of a time frame?

I would say they are yes, there’s been gay bear adventures and rainbows and suggestive tweets almost every single day, for over two weeks now, and it’s going crescendo with the gay porn. Before this started happening I would have predicted after their stadium tour (april 2015) but now I am going back to my original idea - before OTRA was announced - that it would be after the WWA tour and in anticipation of their next album - so anywhere between October 1st and mid-November - and I am guessing sooner rather than later.

Everything is aligning for a rebranding towards an older, lgbt friendly audience. Rainbow Bondage Bear, gay porn tweets, blowjob innuendo on stage, articles coming out about their new album being more edgy and appealing to an older/different audience. And Modest promoting the hell out of 5SOS, in order to keep the young girls and have something else than 1D to get their pocketmoney for.

So. Could be tomorrow, could be October. Probably before Christmas 2014 I’m pretty positive I’ll get that wish, and if not, no later than April 4th, is my guess.

A Very Optimistic Timeline

What with all the craziness the last few days, a few of us (one-d-af, happy1days) were madly brainstorming just how this might all play out if a coming out really is in the works.

This is our best (very optimistic) guess. The factors that we particularly considered are these:

  • If the coming out is being used for album promo, they will want to maximise the media attention, which can best be accomplished by coming out in stages so that there is something new to report every time the media blitz dies down.
  • The interest of the target market - people in their 20s and 30s who will be positively interested in or indifferent to Harry and Louis’ relationship, should be piqued very shortly before and also after the album release.
  • It is important to keep fans around until after the album release, so that they will still buy it. This applies to Elounor, Gryles, and Hazoff people.
  • Het!Harry fans who will leave the fandom when he comes out are not the priority. Sony/Syco are looking at the long term, and they are not a long-term fanbase in any event.

DISCLAIMER - this is 100% speculation. It is very optimistic. Nobody is going to be surprised if it is wrong. We won’t be surprised if nothing happens, if there is major pushback, if Harry is linked to a girl tomorrow.  A few days ago some of us thought we might get an Elounor engagement on the 17th, so we are capable of great pessimism as well. But we had fun talking about it and thought people might enjoy joining in.

So, without further ado, here is one possible schedule of events for the next several weeks:

November 1: Blitz starts

November 3: “Not that important” interview airs

November 4 & 5: “Not that important” coverage ramps up

November 5: Livestream announced

November 6: Ready to Run released. (Note - social media blitz required before the song would be released, so lots of people saw about this. I think that’s why the Facebook requirement was so high)

November 8: Expected Song Release

November 9: Livestream [Harry comes out - having Ben as the interviews creates a “safe” environment for Harry. It’s also a Sunday, and shortly after the blitz has died down.]

November 10 Expected Song Release

November 12: Expected Song Release

November 14: Night Changes song and music video released

November 17: Album release; Universal Performance [expected Eleanor sighting, publicised within the fandom only]

November 23: AMAs [no Eleanor sighting expected. Harry and Louis together. Interaction that fuels Larry speculation in the press (perhaps a hug)]

November 30: [Harry and Louis papped together outside of work commitment, fueling more speculation in the press]

December 7: LARRY COMES OUT. Album sales skyrocket. All is right with the world.

I was just thinking about how One Direction would know that they have a limited shelf-life with the youth market, that the youth market will inevitably get tired of One Direction and move on to the next big thing. And rather than just accepting their fate, they actually took the step of setting up investor shares in a new band, 5sos, and then encouraging their fanbase to move on to 5sos, a band that they would continue to make money off from, rather than another band that they would not make money off from.

Anecdote from the Target Market

If there’s something that has been made clear to me since I joined the fandom, it’s that there is a disagreement behind the scenes regarding how One Direction should be marketed. While the members of the band clearly want to age up their image, all of the merchandising and most of the marketing efforts are still aimed at the 10 - 16 demographic. The boys have repeatedly shown their lack of interest in this new merchandise, the most recent example being the interviews from the You & I fragrance launch (x).

I have four step-daughters aged 10, 12, 14, and 16. The 12 and 16 year olds are not interested in One Direction (although I have somewhat converted the oldest into a Larry shipper). The 14 year old, Emma (pseudonym), has been a relatively hard-core Directioner since 2012, and the youngest, Ann (pseudonym), also professes to be a fan (to the extent that someone so young can be).

I have had several conversations with them regarding One Direction and the new merchandise, and I thought I would do a post about how the marketing strategy is being received by the target demographic. I also wanted to add in some of my own thoughts and observations as a parent, especially in light of (a) the Nabisco endorsement, and (b) the disconnect between the merchandise/marketing and the actions of the band members themselves.

I have always assumed that the target market was young teenagers approximately Emma’s age. After talking to my kids and really thinking about the merchandise, I’m starting to think that One Direction is being actively marketed to kids even younger than that. Click through for a recap of our conversations and my thoughts.

This is all anecdotal, and I’m not claiming otherwise.

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Bottle Opener

Natasha found Clint in his apartment, which made life easier. He was sitting on the couch, a beer in one hand, a knife dangling casually from the other. 

The floor was strewn with clothes — not unusual for Clint, but generally there weren’t this many on the floor. It looked as though he’d emptied his entire closet and dresser. Underwear, sweatpants, t-shirts, uniform gear. Two pairs of boots and one pair of running shoes. Two ties. Several pairs of socks. And a six pack’s worth of beer bottles. 

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anonymous asked:

"is a management team deliberately keeping them away from media outlets part of this cyclic decline?" Decline is a fact of any life cycle curve, however Management keeping them away from media outlets is accelerating the process. Here is a good article from 2007 talking about a life cycle as it relates to bands. www(.)9giantsteps(.)com/2007/02/26/arcade-fire-explained-by-the-life-cycle-curve/

Thanks! Link

I agree with you.

My personal opinion is that there is a behind the scenes power struggle. Modest knows that their contract is not going to be renewed. So they are trying to set themselves up for the future by devaluing 1D and promoting 5SOS. Part of this strategy included not allowing 1D to do any radio interviews, etc. during the tour. That may be what caused the radio play weirdness we are seeing with SMG.

On the other side, we have 1D, which is nearing the end of the boyband life cycle. If they want to achieve longevity, they will need to rebrand. Part of that rebranding will involve significant changes to their public images. They will therefore need the assistance and cooperation of their management company. Modest will not cooperate with a rebranding, so there is no point in attempting it until after the management transition.

Therefore, Four is not the rebranding album, but is another transitional album. Perhaps they had hoped to use this album for rebranding, which is why we saw the collaborations and the free Fireproof release. But maybe something fell apart behind the scenes that made them realise they had to wait. So the collabs were pulled from the album (hopefully being saved for the next album), and SMG was released as the single.

What I wouldn’t give to know when Modest will be gone.