Directioners, what am I supposed to make of the One Direction lads’ back-and-forth on all this boy band homoeroticism? Harry Styles gamely answers questions about which 1D member he’d date, but then Louis Tomlinson says that the fans’ “Larry Stylinson” pairing is “bullshit.” Andy Cohen apologizes for calling the boys “twinks” even though no one was actually angry about it. Then there are all those GIFs of the boys grabbing at each other. I don’t know what to believe!
Further confusing the issue is this video, a preview of the boys’ collaboration with OnePiece. Loyal fans will remember that they wore the OnePiece jumpsuits to their X Factor finals in 2010, so it makes sense that they’ve kept a relationship with the company. The special-edition jumpsuits will go on sale soon; the video says you can pre-order them at the site, but so far I can’t find anything to that effect.
But let’s talk about the more pressing part of this story, which is the boys running around in their onesies grabbing each other’s butts and crotches. And just in case you think, Oh, it’s a blurry video, you can’t tell anything, they’ve painted their hands so you can see just where they were grabbing one another. Those red handprints don’t lie.
And did I mention that they were also wearing lipstick? (Presumably to plant kisses on their victims’ jumpsuit-clad bodies after chasing each other down.) Here’s a photo of one of the makeup artists getting Louis all dolled up:
This video is fun and silly, but it also brings back the same pattern I’ve noticed with 1D: Play up the boy-on-boy affection, yet don’t make it more than platonic or, at best, subtextual. Maybe I’m reading too deeply into this. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a group of girls doing this, but with guys I’m always curious because there is that “fear” of looking gay.
Which is why I’m reaching out to you, devoted fans who know more context than I do. Do you think they’re just fooling around on a video shoot, or are they totally aware of all the GIFs that will be made out of this thirty-second video?