There are sides of this fandom that want to immediately write off what we say for a number of reasons, but one thing that is often lost in that dismissal is the fact that 1D was caught in an incredibly toxic and damaging cycle of abuse and mistreatment for years. That’s it. That’s the whole truth of it. They weren’t exempt from the ugliness of the music industry just because they were kids, or just because they were “white boys,” or just because Simon Cowell handpicked them himself. In fact, it was probably /because/ SC handpicked them himself that they were exposed to incredibly vicious things. And when you have several people coming forth about the abuse they were forced to cover up and ignore under SYCO, and when you see the inescapable rigidity of the America’s Got Talent contract (also Simon’s show, though not nearly as paramount as XF UK) and imagine five kids signing it with lawyers that weren’t even their own, blinded by hope after Simon Christ swooped in and saved them after coming in 3rd place…. Sure, Larries reach a lot but this isn’t a reach. It’s fact. It’s happening. It happened. And the fact that it, along with everything else in these various industries, is brushed under the rug is tragic
I'm new to the fandom, and I saw that article about Louis from the LGBT website. I know all about "homophobic Louis" unfortunately because it's one of the first thing you learn about when you join the 1D fandom (how people believing he was gay and in a relationship with Harry ruined their friendship forever, how he couldn't even understand the idea of supporting a gay man coming out without calling it bullshit...) but I'd love to know what he did to support the community, I had no idea he did!