I’m not sure why everyone is out to save Harry’s image for him when I’m pretty sure Harry knows exactly what he’s doing by allowing himself to be separated from the band for a little while.
You’re allowed to feel upset about it, but it’s fairly obvious that the separation of Harry isn’t to tone down his image, necessarily, but to up the other boys’ images to come close to Harry’s. Harry has been the frontman of this band for five years - this is not debatable, look at their twitter followers, look at google trends, he is much more well known than the other three.
Before OT4 can be established as a band, they have to change the way they promote the band. And that means placing emphasis on the other three and yes, taking the spotlight away from Harry, who is constantly the center of attention. There is concrete evidence of this - Harry does literally anything and it overshadows headlines about the other three. (For example, when the babygate scandal broke, you know how the media kept people talking? BY MAKING IT ABOUT HARRY, who has ten times the name recognition that Louis has. Larry aside, that should tell you all you need to know.)
So you’re allowed to feel frustrated or confused or upset but please stop acting like Harry is somehow a victim and that he doesn’t know exactly what they’re doing by promoting the band in this way. I’m sure all four of the boys know what they’re doing. I agree that it isn’t perfect - clearly it’s angering some parts of the fandom - but at the same time I understand that it’s not about me, because I already know their names.
This is about establishing Liam, Louis, and Niall as individuals to the general public. It’s not about putting Harry down - it’s about bringing the other three up to his level.