louis has been the victim of a character assassination for years, and it’s incredibly disheartening to see how many people buy into it, even if they’re not vocal about it. the coldness towards closeted people, whether intentional or not, is just as disheartening.
he’s had his identity erased and besmirched in every way imaginable, starting as young as 18. he had his natural mannerisms suppressed, had bigotry hammered into his head relating to him not being straight enough and that him being gay would affect the band and its success. if you look at lance bass the same happened with him (obviously there are different aspects, but the basic principle is the same). their compassion is used against them and it’s disgusting.
there’s so much fucking manipulation and discrimination that gay men in the industry are subjected to, and louis’ been dealt the brunt of it. we’ve seen him at some really low points: shallow in the eyes and emotionally beat down to a shell. but somehow, in light of that, he’s still remained kind with a big heart and he’s fighting every second of every day. his strength is unparalleled and it inspires me to no end. he’s constantly giving to people in need, instances in which we don’t even know about most of the time.
i’m not gonna give up on him, ever. it’s not even an option. i’m gonna keep on using the minimal brain power it takes to discern between the fabrication of louis and the louis i know and love for as long as need be. it’s the least he deserves.