Okay, I’d like to clarify my response to the last ask about Harry being separated from OT3 because I think my response was kneejerk, knowing as I was watching the video what the response would be.
I’m not going to sit here and lie and say that I’m not frustrated. I absolutely, 100% am definitely frustrated. I think people have the right to feel upset and put out by Harry’s very clear public separation from the other guys. I’m sorry if I came across as chastising anyone for being “negative”. I just… I -personally, me, myself- can’t always spend my time being angry or upset. Sure, I feel those emotions. Sure, I understand those emotions. And absolutely, everyone has a right to those emotions.
That said, I have ideas as to the purposes of the public “Harry separation”. It doesn’t mean I like it or that anyone else has to. It doesn’t mean it’s not wholly frustrating and off-putting, and people are bound to have separate, differing opinions that I respect and won’t put down or trash. But these are my thoughts, as typed in a message to Jen. zenlikejen
Okay, so Cris ( srslycris) alluded to this in her tags on the reblog of the ask I got, too, but after watching the video, I’m trying to get inside new team’s (*coughIRVING'scough*) head and figure out what the plan is here.
So here’s what I think.
We all know and have exhaustively discussed how and why Harry was pushed as the frontman of 1D for a very, very long time. He has the most amount of fame from One Direction, is the most recognizable, etc.
I think the separation is deliberate in a couple of different ways. First of all, in order to achieve longevity as a band, they need to ALL be recognizable. It’s one of the reasons I think Harry has sort of been in “his own little world” during shows lately. They’re trying to hold him back right now and have him lie low so that the other three can emerge into the same sort of spotlight he’s had. Sara Sampaio was a cover, I know that now. She was a cover for Harry being in New York to talk to their realtor about the flat he and Lou are buying/have bought in NYC. Okay, fine, it made a bit of a splash and then died out. Other than that, he’s really only had pith headlines for a very long time. Style icon stuff, philanthropy and social work stuff, sex symbol stuff, fashion stuff… no scandals, no women, nothing that garners major headlines or pushes him back into the spotlight. On stage, he does his bits and sings his songs and of course he’s happy, but he’s not at the forefront of attention. Liam’s been captaining the OTRA ship and Louis’ been right there with him, Niall’s had some good moments, too.
I also think this serves a CO well. We all know Louis needs to be more recognizable. Babygate is serving its purposes in gen pop headlines and presenting his name to the public. A lot of articles I’ve seen (including the one comment from a rep), mention him being on tour with One Direction. People need to see Louis independently from Harry. They need to know his personality, his business, his background, and his stage presence separate from Harry. That alone says it right there. “Separate from Harry”. All of the boys, but ESPECIALLY Louis, need to be seen separately. It frustrates fans to no end, but I think it’s causing people to pay more attention to OT3 than they used to or would have if Harry were still being pushed as the frontman.