what's cringe about the article?
It’s cringey because it seem written by a larrie since it uses the same vocabulary and the same expression employed by them in one of their many ranty essays… then because it flat out attacks the the Rolling Stone article whose only fault was to provide constructive criticism by addressing a very serious trend that periodically occurs within the fandom… aka fans projecting their own wishes and desires upon Harry and then getting mad when said projections do not align with the reality. Is it not true that part of the fandom went apeshit at the mention of a woman being the source of inspiration for Harry’s album?? Is it not true that instead of discussing the 34690 other amazing parts of the article some people (anons) literally obsessed over that detail (is it Kendall?? does he still have feelings for Taylor? did a mystery girl steal Harry’s heart etc) ad nauseam, like they always do? Let’s not be naive, certain factions of the fandom (surely the ones that inspired this article) don’t want Harry to be asked that sort of questions, aka girl questions, because they wish his privacy to be respected and protected, they hate it because they don’t want to be confronted with a reality that does not allow their fantasies to reign free, whether it’s larries (for obvious reasons), and some harries too.
You know, a lot of people complain that the media or outsiders in general don’t take this fandom seriously and do not respect it… but why, instead of complaining and getting defensive all the time we don’t own it up for once when we’re called out on our bullshit? why don’t we display a mature behaviour instead of going for the usual meltdown or just start attacking people - I’m also thinking about the gp who are getting to know Harry only now (yes, some exhibiting some snobbish attitude which sucks, but alas)- and giving them a reason to think ‘hey I had these prejudices about this fandom and I was right about it’? It would be far more productive for us in primis.
I realize that many reblogged the article in good faith (and I’m not accusing those who did btw) because it defended the fandom, which I get how it can be perceived as a good thing, but I can see the hidden agenda behind it and it drives me crazy… that’s why it’s cringey, imo.