THANKS FOR ASKING, ANON! I want to talk about this forever.
Earlier this summer, some fans decided to start the Bandana Project — asking concert attendees to wear bandanas representing their favorite members of One Direction.
It’s unclear how successful/widespread it was — it definitely came across my dash weeks ago, but a lot of people have said that they never saw it before the recent chatter about it. But that’s not actually important.
Slightly more important but still not the main point: Harry wore a blue bandana during the August 22nd show.
Basically, were he participating in the Bandana Project, he would be declaring that Louis is his favorite member of 1D.
Fans made a connection between the bandana project and Harry’s blue bandana, and started speculating in earnest about whether it’s possible that he would have known about the project. Lots of people concluded probably not and that it was just a cute coincidence.
But then! WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT: Even after the fandom started talking about Harry wearing the blue bandana, he kept wearing it.
And then even after the fandom started talking even more loudly about Harry wearing it AFTER fandom discussion of it, he still kept wearing it.
He’s still wearing it. He wore it last night.
There is no fucking way that Harry doesn’t know about all the bandana speculation at this point. So either: 1) he doesn’t care if we think that he’s out there proclaiming with a blue bandana that Louis is his favorite, or 2) he IS out there proclaiming with a blue bandana that Louis is his favorite.
Or both. I’m going with both.
I said above that whether or not Harry knew about the Bandana Project before the first time he wore a blue bandana is not important, and that remains true. The fact that he’s continued to wear a blue bandana many times despite a lot of fandom discussion about it is what’s really important.
BUT I’ve learned a few things in the last couple of days (mostly thanks to Sara, one of the Bandana Project founders) that lead me to believe that Harry most likely DID know about the project before the FIRST time he wore a bandana himself. What I’ve learned is below the cut.
I don’t know how you want me to answer this question.
Do I think they want to come out? Yes. Do I think they want to come out now? Yes. Do I think they want to come out with their level of fame? No. How do those things coexist? They just do.
I’m so tired of people projecting their own concerns on Harry and Louis’s behalf onto Harry and Louis themselves. Anon, how can you possibly be “convinced they don’t want to be open about being together” because of theoretical concerns that you’ve never spoken to them about? Do you think they don’t feel suffocated now?
We don’t know what Harry and Louis are considering behind the scenes. We don’t know what does or doesn’t worry them about their future. We don’t know what fears they may or may not have about coming out.
All we know is their outward behavior. And what we’ve seen is this:
All this to say: I’m guessing they’re far more concerned about the harms done from the closet itself than from those that might result from coming out of it.
WHY DOES EVERYONE HATE SOMETHING GREAT
SOMETHING GREAT IS ONE OF THE BEST GODDAMN SONGS ON THE ALBUM
NO WAY I HAVE WHOLE ESSAYS ABOUT HOW MUCH I LOVE SOMETHING GREAT
- ask children before you hug them
- ask children before you pick them up
- if moving a child is unavoidable for their safety, at least warn them first and explain afterwards
- this applies to disabled children
- this applies to non- or pre-verbal…