You actually think that Louis didn't have any say at all on the JLY video...? The Niall comparison is apt imo. You seem to think less of him than I thought. Do you like anything he's been doing during the hiatus? This is a serious question because I don't get the feeling that you care about him in the least. (And I'm not saying that as a guilt tripping thing, I don't care about 4/5s of 1D so clearly people are allowed not to care about Louis or like what he's doing.)
Where did I say that I think he didn’t have “any say at all,” anon?
Why do you seem to think there are two options (he is in charge of every bit of that video or he had nothing to do with the concept) instead of a middle ground?
There is a middle ground, you know. He could have say in the concept and idea and let the team go from there.
Shockingly, this is how a lot of people work! For example, when I got my tattoo, I told the artist what I was thinking, sent her some references of pictures, and let her make the art. I did not tell her to put whatever she wanted on me and I did not bring in a drawing I did myself. Amazing–middle ground! When I remodeled my bathroom, I told the guy what I wanted, he gave me some options in my price range, and I chose the ones I liked. I did not give him free rein and I also didn’t install any of the materials myself. I had say in the concept and let someone else take care of the execution.
(For the record, I think Louis had a more hands-on approach to his video for “Back to You” since it was shot in his hometown and included friends and family members–so yes, let’s please compare that to Niall’s video for “Too Much to Ask.” But while we’re comparing Niall and Louis, can we also consider that Niall has talked many times about how he keeps re-recording songs, is worried about exactly what the album will sound like, etc. You do know that these are two different men who will approach their work differently, right anon?)
I think the song is about thinking you know the whole story from the media, but that you don’t. I think it’s about trappings of celebrity and about not knowing people’s struggles.
As such, it completely makes sense to use articles about the media, newspaper clippings and the like to make a lyric video. I think Louis likely had some say in that, and probably said something about wanting to refer to current events and scandals.
Beyond that, do I think he sat there choosing news articles with the intention to make that about Harry? Or with the idea that every article should be read to be about himself? No, I don’t.
I think if he were the one to choose news articles, they would have had a greater range of dates instead of having articles that were written in approximately three weeks before the video came out (including being written the day the video came out; how did he manage that? Did he plant the article so he could use it later?).
I think if he had hand select articles, and especially if he wanted to make a point about closeting or Harry, he would have been much more selective. For example, he could have chosen an article about George Michael from The Advocate or one that was more focused on him coming out. Too risky because of his Sony overlords you say? Fine. I still think he could have thrown in an old review of the Script concert that he and Harry attended before they met (The Script is with Sony). I think if he really wanted to make a point about the “I wanna lay where s/he lays” split, that would have been the only word in the video made that way.
Now! I do know that perhaps Louis had nothing else to do and somehow knew that an article he wanted to use about George Michael would also be published the day the video came out. (I also grant that maybe it came out the day before in print? Maybe the date given online is wrong–it’s possible.) If it is the case that Louis hand selected these articles, I don’t think he would do so with the intention of them being read the way my side of the fandom is reading them. Why? Because the articles are about things much greater or bigger than the self, and I would assume that was his intention.
I lost several followers overnight, and I can only imagine it’s because of my tags on this article, which I assume have been misunderstood. So let me spell it out:
I don’t think Louis Tomlinson would make an article about the displacement of 11k people about himself.
So you say that I “think less of him” than you thought? No, my friend. I seem to think more of him than the people who are seeing shit tons of Larry symbolism. Why?
Because I don’t think Louis is so fucking self-centered that he would make the displacement of 11k people about a relationship head canon. I don’t think he is so tone deaf that he would use the large H in an article about an actress being abused by Harvey Weinstein to represent Harry. I don’t think he would make these grand problems all about himself!
And if that is who you think Louis is, then please unfollow me, because the Louis Tomlinson you want to look up to is not someone I want to look up to.