One Direction ‘Gay Acting Straight Men’

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Daily Australia wrote an article about One Direction and how they are the new gay-acting straight men! One Direction differ from the all-male singing groups that came before them in other, less superficial, ways as well. Take the video for their latest ditty, Kiss You, in which Harry Styles, riding on a motorcycle behind Zayn Malik, reaches forward to cheekily tweak his band mate’s nipples.

Or Live While We’re Young, in which the boys wrestle, hug, and play with giant inflatable banana. Not to mention the countless TV appearances, interviews and live concerts in which the band have groped or mock-kissed each other for the cameras. There’s a definite whiff of the homoerotic about 2013’s foremost boy band. Groups of young men who sing, dance and wear brightly coloured jeans (or back in the 1990s, plastic trousers and tight t-shirts) have long been objects of sexual mockery.

‘N Sync, the American boy band famous for launching Justin Timberlake, was the butt of homophobic jokes long before Lance Bass came out of the closet in 2006. Backstreet Boys? ‘More like the Backdoor Boys,’ the turn of the millennium joke tittered. One Direction are no different. No sooner had the band’s Kiss You video hit YouTube than a parody emerged with jokes about ‘gay leprechauns,’ ‘dropping the soap,’ and liking men’s butts. Hilarious, no?

But what distinguishes One Direction from their predecessors is that rather than trying to fight these stereotypes by gushing about women and being careful not to stand too closely together, they play up to them. They flirt. They roughhouse. They touch each other’s bottoms at concerts, and perform at gay nightclubs. They also have girlfriends. People may call them gay, but (most of the time, at least) they don’t give a toss. Because for the One Direction generation, being ‘gay’ isn’t a bad thing.

In fact, amongst the demographic Harry, Liam, Louis, Zayn and Niall occupy, this kind of behaviour is common, says UK masculinities researcher, Eric Anderson. Anderson is the author of a 2010 study which found that 89 percent of 18- to 25-year-old self-identified heterosexual men had kissed another man on the lips – and in most cases, there was nothing sexual about it. “This is what young men of that age do in the UK,” Anderson says. “Touching, hugging, cuddling, and bum/testicle slapping are all ways you show your mates that you love them.”

It’s a shift that is deeply tied to a broader decline in – and increasing unacceptability of – homophobia, Anderson believes. In periods of high “homohysteria” he argues – places and points in history in which same-sex attraction is both widely recognised and reviled – men will keep their distance from each other in order to avoid being labelled as “gay.” At when homohysteria is lower, men are able to be more freely intimate: whether that means One Direction-style horseplay, friends holding hands in the Middle East, or rugby players posing with their arms draped around each other instead of standing with their arms solemnly folded.

Australian sociologist Michael Flood has observed a similar blurring of boundaries between straight and gay cultures, pointing to the rise of the metrosexual, the hipster, and indeed of men like himself: for whom going to Mardi Gras or hanging out with same-sex attracted friends is second nature, but who go home to female lovers and partners. He calls them “straight queers.”

But this blurring has been “very uneven,” Flood warns. “It’s much more common amongst urban young men than rural young men. It probably goes along with particular peer cultures as well. You’ll find fewer straight queers in death metal or pub rock than in hipster cultures, cafes and so on.” And while the prevalence of homophobia is lowest in the 18 to 24 age group, it is significantly higher amongst 14- to 17-year-olds. Not to mention that One Direction are playing with gay culture in a safely heterosexual space. “Coming out would be different,” Flood maintains.

Then again, it seems that in this case, coming out isn’t really the point. One Direction’s mock kisses and crotch grabbing may garner attention on YouTube, but they represent the flirtatious tip of a decidedly more platonic iceberg. Beneath them lie a myriad of more subtle intimacies, and a gradual shift to a culture that allows men to banter, make body contact, and even love each other a little bit, without it marking a threat to their status as men. In other words, a culture that allows young men to enjoy the kind of friendship and intimacy that has traditionally been associated with young women.

As for One Direction themselves? When asked by an American interviewer why they grab each other’s butts and crotches on stage, Niall replied, “See, that one, that one’s just to make the girls scream, isn’t it?” “See, [Harry’s] done that, and the crowd’s going crazy,” chimed in Zayn. “We do it for a laugh,” they concluded.

  • sailormoon

    listen people… if y’all cant make it in AMERICA, y’all cant make it no where……btw i like new kids on the block and nsync (AMERICA)

  • Anonymous

    Where can I find this video? What is the name of it?

  • Anonymous

    “People may call them gay, but (most of the time, at least) they don’t give a toss. Because for the One Direction generation, being ‘gay’ isn’t a bad thing.”

    – W R O N G, the person who made this article clearly hasn’t read Louis’ tweets.

  • Justinsuglyglasses

    The Harry and Louis “thing” got One Direction lots of press. Everyone knows Larry Stylinson. I think Justin and Zayn would be even bigger. Zustin Balik? Don’t laugh. I bet their respective management teams are mapping out the press strategy right now! Start with some handholding. Then some ass grabbing. Add some pecks on the cheek and then bam! Zustin Balik!

  • Anonymous

    This article is dumb

  • Anonymous

    Is this news? 1d and Justin Bieber always just screamed gay. No straight guys would dress, act and have hair like that…I never understood why girls these days are attracted to that type of guy…besides the fact that girls loving have gay guy friends because they are more fun but they aren’t bf material.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous said:

    Is this news? 1d and Justin Bieber always just screamed gay. No straight guys would dress, act and have hair like that…I never understood why girls these days are attracted to that type of guy…besides the fact that girls loving have gay guy friends because they are more fun but they aren’t bf material.
    —-
    This comment it’s kinda ignorant, you know?

  • Anonymous

    harrys not gay i fucked him last night lmao trust me that nigga aint gay like he was goin for hours lawls

  • Anonymous

    dunno about the rest i think louis might be doesnt matter tho louis the shit he brought us champagne mid-fuck hahah

  • anons

    I like how much you love Justin and probably when he hangs out with Zayn he will act gay

    thankyou

  • Anonymous

    SlimShady said:

    UK doesn’t really gaf about 1D anymore. Not hating or anything, but this usually happens.

    They’re officially huge ww tho O.o
    They’re everywhere. And they have the tour and movie so we will be seeing a lot of 1D for a bunch of time imo

  • Anonymous

    SlimShady said:

    UK doesn’t really gaf about 1D anymore. Not hating or anything, but this usually happens.

    ==

    than why TMH was #1 and why will they sing in the brits this year ?

  • SlimShady

    People don’t talk about them like they did before. They’re just not huge here anymore. The adoration has worn off. But unless you live here, you won’t get it.

  • SlimShady

    Britain is weird about music. We like singers for a few years, then they become famous in America and we’re kinda like ‘meh’.
    Always happens imo- Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Lloyd, Spice Girls, Westlife, 1D will be popular for years, but not loved as much here as in the USA.

  • Anonymous

    They are amazing and not gay.

  • Anonymous

    They are amazing and not gay.

  • Anonymous

    FASHION IS MY KRYPTONITE

  • Anonymous

    (replying to this) – Feb 2, 2013 @ 01:45 pm
    SlimShady said:

    People don’t talk about them like they did before. They’re just not huge here anymore. The adoration has worn off. But unless you live here, you won’t get it.
    ===

    zayn today

    http://zaynsp.tumblr.com/image/42130930209

    http://zaynsp.tumblr.com/image/42109179520

  • Anonymous

    Westlife <3

  • Anonymous

    I Agree with SlimShady and I’m from the UK as well. They were cute during X Factor and during their first album but when they went to America it was like no one was really talking about them. If 1Ds homeland is getting over the hype quickly then the rest of the world will soon follow. It’s like when Leona Lewis won X Factor & was shipped to the US and became big but when she came back to the UK, no one cared for her and her singles and albums are now flopping. 1D should’ve established their careers in the UK before going off to America. The Beattles established themselves in the UK before going off to America knowing they had a huge homebase support but 1D just rushed. 1D to me are like a poor copy of Take That. Not saying that 1D isn’t talented but they need to grow.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with SlimShady, they’re already starting to fade. It was faster than I thought so.

  • Anonymous

    I like how they act around each other, I find it hilarious to watch them together. The way they act together also proves how down to earth they still are despite what the media says. They don’t care what people think about them because they know who they are and that is what matters. I respect them for not letting rumors bother them, they usually just laugh at them. I’m sure the rumors sometimes do bother them, but they don’t let it show. Obviously zayn has a lot being said about him right now and thank his fans for being there for him on twitter. These cheating rumors bother him, but he is looking on the positive side of things like the fact that his fans have his back.

  • Anonymous

    I’m from Argentina and i understood the point of the girl in UK.
    Yes, They are famous and popular, but they are not like “the new thing” we all know who they are. Sorry for my horrible english.

  • Anonymous

    your english is fine =) and I understand now so thank you. It is a good point that people all know who they are now. It isn’t that they aren’t popular, they just aren’t new and exciting anymore because they have been around for a while.

  • Anonymous

    Larry Stylinson will never get old for me. If only it were true :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmwWHntZq8c&sns=em

  • Anonymous

    in the uk take me home album sold more than up all night so this alone show they have more fans now than they ever had looool

  • Anonymous

    For real!!! This is not even an insult anymore because its so stupid!! Its no longer cool, because its so immature!!

  • Anonymous
  • anons
  • anons

    k

  • duckyhoward15

    Good to know .

  • anons

    why cant justin act gay like 1d

  • duckyhoward15

    I like how much you love Justin and probably when he hangs out with Zayn he will act gay :)

  • Anonymous

    k

  • SlimShady

    UK doesn’t really gaf about 1D anymore. Not hating or anything, but this usually happens.

  • duckyhoward15

    We will see what will happen after the tour but yeah boy bands fade

  • Anonymous

    anons said:

    why cant justin act gay like 1d

    He acts macho to cover it up.
    Don’t worry anons, he will totally do you close doors ;)

  • anons

    He acts macho to cover it up.
    Don’t worry anons, he will totally do you close doors

    i hope so

  • Anonymous

    1d fans want them gay so bad lol … the fact that all of them only have sisters in there lives and no brothers might be why they’r so close

  • Anonymous

    LARRY <3