Another big thing I’ve witnessed from larry tinhats, as opposed to the other tinhats I have known, is that there’s a much, much more powerful belief from the the tinhats that Harry & Louis OWE them something for their “support”. Like, there’s always been a strain of that in tinhatting, but here it seems to be dominant in a way I haven’t seen before.
Lemme explain: the term “tinhat” was coined back in the days of Domlijah (that is, Dominic Monaghan and Elijah Wood from the Lord of the Rings movies were together). The cornerstone of Domlijah was that the boys WANTED to come out, but were shackled by the PR Devils to preserve the ginormous tween girl fanbase of LOTR (wat); so the Domlijah resorted to sending coded “shoutouts” —usually by wearing certain colors to certain events—to their SPECIAL FANS who knew how to properly read the signs. These shoutouts were ~revealed to fans on the gay gossip site Datalounge, and later, on the LOTR-specific Datalounge subsite The Prancing Pony. (Once I saw an epic throwdown over the precise definition of “chartreuse”. Good times.) The True Believers acquired the name of “tinhats,” because they were doing the equivalent of using tinfoil to block out the mind-control rays of the PR Devils, and allow them to Properly Interpret the Signs and Wonders.
Point being: A HUGE part of Domlijah tinhatting was being one of the Chosen Few, one who had been raised above the hoi polloi by their ability to discern the meaning of chartreuse. Tinhats conceived of themselves as the elite, the ones who Got It, and they took pleasure in rubbing their ~insider knowledge in the faces of the other, less blessed fans. And that’s key: like, tinhats did want the Domlijah to come out so that they could be vindicated in the eyes of the fandom, but I’ve always had the impression that that was secondary—the REAL pleasure for Domlijah tinhats was Being In on the Secret. If everyone knows, it’s not a secret, and therefore the one who knows doesn’t get to feel special anymore.
I’ve always thought that that tension, between Knowing, and Other People Knowing You Know, is one of the most interesting bits of the tinhatting dynamic.* Like, Domlijah tinhats had to release enough details of their “evidence” to make it look like they ~knew something~, but not too much, to maintain the vibe of exclusivity. And back in the days of Domlijah, and to a lesser extent J2, that Secret Club mentality was very widespread. I think it had a LOT to do with the fact that there was still a sense that fannish activity was under the radar—the morass of message boards, mailing lists, LJ posts, etc. made navigating fannish spaces difficult unless you knew exactly what you were looking for, and the assumption was that “most people” had no clue how to look for it. To find the tinhats, you had to know the people who knew the people. So, tinhatting Back in the Day was pretty much exclusively fandom-oriented: ~theories about the Boys (whomever they were) were simply a vector for power plays among competing groups of fans.
Fast forward: With much greater access to celebrities, the focus of tinhatting has shifted in a HUGE way: Harry & Louis can now themselves be the objects of the power plays. Tinhats now feel entitled to DEMAND that the boys come out, and to harass them, their families, their partners, anyone who’s breathed in the same space as them. It’s not about being in the Secret Club, it’s become the baying of the tabloid journalist believing they have a “right” to the intimate details of people’s lives. Consent is utterly irrelevant. This is what grosses me out so much about the larry tinhats (in addition to the misogyny and homophobia): the idea that these boys (and they ARE boys, barely out of their teens) OWE their fans anything except, like, doing their jobs—which is to make music and promote that music. Speculating, squeeing, etc. is one thing—that’s part of the fun of being a fan. But EXPECTING the boys to validate you and your needs: that’s bullshit. (It’s worth noting that Harry and Louis happily played up their “bromance” (fuck that word) until the fans started getting nasty.)
However much it might mean to you, personally, to have a celebrity come out of the closet—I’m queer, I absolutely get the hunger for representation—you are not entitled to demand that anyone do that for you; you are not entitled to out someone; you are not entitled to try and take away their ability to define themselves in their own time and in their own terms. You don’t get to violate their privacy, and you sure as FUCK don’t get to override their lack of consent.
* I also think that the whole notion of tinhat conspiracy theories is hilariously unstable. Like, if I were a PR Devil tasked with making sure 1D came across as 100% hetero all the time, I sure as fuck wouldn’t be letting them climb all over each other and cuddle and grab each other’s dicks in public; I’d also make sure that any band members who are fucking be seated apart from each other, at the VERY least. The fact that there’s enough material to create a tinhat conspiracy (and I maintain you can tinhat ANY combo of boys for this band) argues against the existence of such a conspiracy in the first place! The PR Devils can’t simultaneously be an all-seeing all-knowing all-powerful tentacled monstrosity of big brother-style evil and ALSO be so completely incompetent at their jobs that randoms on the Internet can ~learn the truth.
eventually at least one of the 1d boys is gonna come out as queer
and guys i think it’s going to be niall
Sometimes I think, yes, Niall, and sometimes I think One Direction will turn out to be the first 100% heterosexual boy band in the history of boy bands.
this was supposed to be a post about how zayn is totally the big spoon but it spiralled really quickly into zayn being the snuggliest member of 1d and how everyone wants a piece of that (fair warning like 50% of this post is zouis bc i’m super biased) (i’m not kidding it’s mostly zouis and also zarry) (i have a bad case of favoritism (◡︿◡))
come on in let’s have a cuddle
featuring appearances by: nick grimshaw, aiden grimshaw, caroline flack and perrie edwards (◡‿◡✿)
#i need niall dragging sleepy zayn into the shower #and he’s pretty much just asleep on niall’s shoulder in there #but like remember when liam was talking to grimmy and he said niall’s always niall even in the morning #so i bet he’s all chipper and cute and zayn looks at him grumpily and smudges his head into niall’s shoulder #and niall’s singing in the shower and washing zayn’s hair #and he’s STILL NOT WAKING UP #and niall resorts to desperate measures #and starts leaving little pecks on his face and neck and then kisses him for real #and zayn sort of perks up at that #and then lazy handjobs