I do think Steve got a similar kind of ~obsession as Mitch, I mean we did 'adopt' him and rave about him too. But I think the difference is that it was actually warranted? Steve raved about us and Louis and spoke well of 1D, showed that he was a genuine friend for Louis, never acted untoward. And we saw plenty of candid interaction between him and Louis, and social media interaction with Louis' friends/family. And it didn't take 0.3 seconds and barely a spoken sentence for us to accept him.
Well, exactly, and that’s the point………people loved Steve for a reason, which is why it’s not comparable to the Mitch thing at all. Nobody is denying that we were up Steve’s ass, but it wasn’t over nothing. Steve cancelled multiple gigs/events so that he could perform with Louis after the loss of his mother. Steve was very obviously there for Louis when he needed someone - the night of TXF performance was the perfect example (right after the performance when he stood by Louis and comforted him, at the club afterwards when they hugged, etc). Steve immediately reached out to the One Direction fandom and was extremely appreciative of us. Steve and his team promoted their song and never showed anything less than 110% enthusiasm when Louis’ team was twiddling their thumbs and fucking him over by doing nothing at all. Steve continued to be respectful, kind, and lovely about all of Louis’ fans and never failed to praise Louis or us in an interview. Mitch has……existed in a documentary, done his job by performing onstage, and shown himself to be friends with Harry. Like…that’s great? I’m glad Harry has a new friend and I’m glad Mitch is doing something he enjoys, but that doesn’t change the fact that we as a fandom have no reason to be obsessed with him considering we know next to nothing about him and he’s shown no desire to be a pet to the fandom or whatever it is that people are treating him as at the moment. He and Steve just aren’t even in the same ballpark at this point and peoples’ obsession with him at this stage of the game just seems excessive, unnecessary, and weird af.