The more drama comes out with these boys, the more respect I lose for them. Like I get it, they were "kids" when they signed their contracts (still don't know why their parents weren't involved in that) and were probably a bit naive. But that's really no excuse for letting their management treat them like puppets. Is their music really worth more than their self respect? When this contract finally ends will their careers still be worth giving up who they are? When will they grow up?
You mention their contract, but do you understand what that means? What is a contract?
Contract: A contract is an agreement having a lawful object entered into voluntarily by two or more parties, each of whom intends to create one or more legal obligations between them.
That means they must comply with the terms and conditions of said contract(s) or face a messy legal battle or even financial sanctions. So, it’s not an “excuse”. It’s a LEGALLY BINDING REASON.
It would help if you did the background research if the topic interests you. 1D was given a small window of time to review and agree to their contract. The contract could only be reviewed with them by one of 3 Simon Cowell approved attorneys. So parental involvement (and I’m sure they were involved) wouldn’t have made a huge difference. None of the parents are lawyers anyway. They were all working class families for the most part. ICYDK, that’s part of the boyband business model as well. Working class kids are believed to be more eager for a break and less likely to put up any major objections. For example: The Jacksons? Working class kids. New Edition? Working class kids? New Kids on the Block? Working class kids. Did that business model work? Hell yeah. Not only were all these acts successful, one produced the biggest pop star of all time. So you can understand why a Simon Cowell would adopt it.
The deck was stacked. But this was still potentially their big break. Yep, they were all young and probably a bit naive. But how often does the opportunity to pursue your ultimate dream come along? Not to mention signing on the dotted line meant receiving £800,000 each. That’s hard to turn down. That alone could change their lives.
The reason the fuckery continues is obviously because they’re still working under the terms and conditions of their original contract. And we don’t even come close to seeing all that goes on with them. You have no idea if they’ve called in their own lawyers or objected to how things were being handled. You have no idea what the potential consequences of going rogue would mean for them, or for their families or for the many people they now employ.
So maybe you’re looking at this from the perspective of a kid who can throw a fit and have their parents give up and give in. But make no mistake, this ain’t that. I don’t think you understand.