It's frustrating how Louis's contribution to the band are erased or unknown. Most interviewers don't really know about how 1Ds sound progressed over the years-- how it provided a great stepping stone for Harry and Niall's solo sounds. I wish people did care about that sort of thing bc Louis was instrumental in all that. If he hadn't put up a fuss, Julian never would have come on board to shape their growing sound. Its an interesting moment in 1D history and no pop culture journalist knows it.
Thats very well put anon and… all true sadly. Louis is paying the price, the others (and their labels & teams) are reaping the rewards and pop culture journalist have no idea what Louis true role was mainly because they’re now so lazy they just sit there and take the information thats spoon fed to them by the PR arms of the large entertainment corporations . If they’re fed in the cuttings, the narrative that Louis is musically and vocally untalented, chaotic, aggressive and has nothing to offer/is the guy at the back whose solo career is a huge gamble/is likely to fail– thats the formula they blindly follow. Every celeb has their own cut out and keep by number image – thats the one Sony have cemented to Louis name. You do get the very rare maverick celeb jpurno who refuses to be obedient for a quiet life (like the Harvey W journalists) but most are either in full and eager collusion like Dan W, or just churning out what there told to say without ever bothering to look deeper like the BBC Music writers
Who can say if Louis is being made an example of or if its also to do with Larry/solo harry or the tying off of the loose ends of very messy, historic punishment (BG). But the fact is that Louis is the No Man in that very telling cartoon (how much more obvious can he be??). Even his enemies have revealed that it was Louis bravery and vision which forced even Sony and their paid hacks to allow 1D not to become just another formulaic unimaginative boyband used up and thrown away in the set 5 years. You’dd think Sony & the hacks whose professional names are linked to 1D would be feting Louis in fact, wouldnt you? But thats not how the entertainment/music industry with its huge fetid, repellent and sadistic egos works. It would be wonderful if the Harvey W effect spread to the music industry but I suspect the outrage is already fading out.