~ out and true to himself. No one expected his album to contain songs that to the GP just read as your straight, heteronormative typical songs. He could do so much more than just saying “no I don’t use labels, yes my album is a memoir, bit of intellect skirt so short” etc. I feel very disappointed in him and maybe it’s my fault for having expectations, but honestly some of it has to do with his behavior in the past too, I thought he was another person. You can either publish or not, your choice
So, I answered this too fast, sorry. Didn’t see part 2. So, here’s the first part so I can talk about all of it together.
I hardly disagree with your post. Harry’s choosing the easy way to do activism and that, to me, is not activism. What he’s showing is that he stands for some social issues etc, but all he does really is waving rainbow flags and wearing shirts while also keeping his status safe. Nothing wrong with this, not entirely at least, but that’s still not activism. I think the big problem with Harry for some people has been that for years he’s behaved like all he really cared about was being able to be~
Ok, I’ve actually never spoken about this online but I feel like it’s useful at this moment: I cried when we got the HS1 lyrics. I was so disappointed. And then I had to step back and figure out why. I’d built up expectations of a gender neutral opus that would be marketed differently. But that’s on me.
So I had to decide where to go from there. I kept listening. And I decided that lyrics don’t have to be autobiographical and that the album doesn’t have to be perfect for me to bop to it. And now I like it a LOT. It also helped that I saw it performed VERY early. So that shaped my perception as well.
I think Larrie Harry fans have VERY high expectations of Harry. And I think he’s earned it. So I think it’s normal to feel let down when there’s still heteronormativity and sexism in his songs. But I’m not going to discount the 80% of the album that isn’t that way. And I’m not going to expect perfection right away.
But he’s also never claimed to be an activist. He’s a guy who’s using his platform to bring understated awareness to a wide range of issues. I actually think he’ll reach a significant amount of people that way.
I cannot speak to the difference between OTRA promo and now in terms of how hard Harry seems to be closet knocking. I have thoughts, but I don’t really want to get in to the minutiae. Being in or out is a very personal decision and I’m not going to judge anyone it.