welcome man

anonymous asked:

Hi, new to the fandom here. Seems like a lots going on #solo politics and all - any way to explain or a master list to catch up?

Oh man – welcome! But also – oh dear. The solo politics is a longstanding and  complicated issue, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a masterpost about it. (Followers, if I’m wrong, please help out this anon and me.) If you want to come chat about it, feel free, but the basics are that Harry was always pushed as the frontman and the media was always saying he was about to leave the band from like 2013 onward, which made the fandom super sensitive to any moves made by Harry, business wise. Then early last year (April?) rumors were announced in publications that Harry signed a 3 album deal with Columbia for $80 million. This caused a lot of fandom stress because 1) Columbia is part of Sony 2) Columbia was 1D’s American distributor as of 2012, which is when the iron closet started 3) the tensions in fandom from public image work meant many believe/worry that potential Harry solo work means the end of the band (Justin Timberlake style), especially in light of 3 albums. Fandom was divided over whether the rumor was true or partially true or entirely false, and of course this caused yet more tension. When it was finally confirmed a few weeks ago, many of us voiced serious concern that this meant Harry was not free still (with other corroborating factors in mind), whereas others believe surely Harry must have been able to leverage a deal in his favor. (I’m sure you can tell I have a poor opinion of the latter’s reasoning if you go looking through that tag.) Over the last few weeks during Harry’s promo, we’ve been seeing some mixed signals, but mostly things have relied on exactly the same gross tactics of the past (and while I haven’t been able to post yesterday, yes I’m still disgusted by the Carolina promo and have negative interest in it and my patience is dwindling). This frustration of womanizer!Harry strategy has not been alleviated by a few moments in which Harry seemed to participate more actively than he has before in selling that womanizing image. The solo politics are also being inflamed by the variation from all four guys’ responses to questions about the band working together again, with Harry very much on the vague end of the spectrum. This has caused some resentment and confusion (which causes more resentment). I think those are the basics; if you’d like to talk details or inquire further on a particular aspect of the issues, please feel free to come back!

responsible for neither.

chris [looking at yurio]: you think he’d like to pole dance with us?

victor [yelling]: stop corrupting my son and my husband!

chris [smirking]: honey, for the first time in forever, i’m not responsible for neither

My favorite thing about the clip is how Yurio’s EX skate features Otabek in it. The logistics make me giggle.

Like. “HELLO NEW ‘BEST FRIEND’ I MADE 3-5 DAYS AGO. YOU SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN BRONZE AND ALSO I DON’T WANT THE SILVER MEDALIST / MY RIVAL TO UPSTAGE ME WITH HIS ROMANTIC PAIR SKATE SO WON’T YOU JOIN ME IN THIS SKATE CELEBRATING MY GLORIOUS DEBUT ON THE WORLD’S STAGE.”

Yuri’s capable of the kind of impulse decision making skills I -WISH- I had.