If One Direction member came out as gay would YOU support them? Huffington Post asked gay former NYSYNC member Lance Bass: ‘I actually think they would. The younger generation is way smarter than we were. They’re way more perceptive, and they just don’t care. ..Back then there was no way in hell I would come out.’
In 2006, four years after *NSYNC announced its plans to go on hiatus, he finally came out publicly, appearing on the cover of People Magazine with the headline ‘I’M GAY.’ If 1D’s Harry or Zayn or Louis or Niall or Liam (did I forget any?) were actually to come out, would they be welcomed with open arms, both by their fans and the industry they’ve revitalized?
Just like *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys before them, the group has become a brand and an empire, and the five boys who make up the group most likely have very little free will when it comes to making decisions about their image. For example, consider the song ‘Only Girl in the World,’ with the lyrics ‘I’m gonna make you feel like you’re the only girl in the world,
..like you’re the only one that I’ll ever love.’ Imagine being the gay one in the group singing those words, thinking about all the hearts you’ll break when you tell them you don’t even love any girls? One Direction is, by definition, a young-female-targeted, heterocentric phenomenon, and there’s no getting away from it. A recent headline read, ‘Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson ‘Gay Affair’ Tearing One Direction Apart.’ In an interview with MTV News, Tomlinson said, ‘This is a subject that was funny at first but now is actually hard to deal with.’
The One Direction members’ sexuality matters a lot to their fanbase. Not only have their lyrics promised teenage girls that they’re the only girl in the world, but 1D as a business entity has made a crapload of money simply for the fact that they’re heartthrobs, so there’s a lot on the line for the members personally, as well as for the record-label behemoth that backs them.
NOTE: The New Yorker said that 1D sounds like girls!