Y’know, for a nineteen-year old famous kid, Harry Styles has it together pretty hard. I think I recall comparing him to Justin Bieber five hundred to a thousand times in the past, but it’s becoming more and more clear to me that Harry is the vastly preferable of the two. I both regret and rescind those statements, and I hope you’ll accept my apologies. This is the first mistake I’ve ever made, obviously, so I hope you can show a little empathy.
After already impressing me with their inherent likeability yesterday in the video for ‘Best Song Ever’, Harry is doubling down on brownie points by standing up for a cause very dear to my heart — gay rights. As you may recall, the always-despicable-but-sadly-within-their-rights-to-free-speech Westboro Baptist Church has recently targeted One Direction for their scorn, proving once and for all that they really do pick their targets out of teen magazines. (And outdated ones at that — the group has also focused on New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees, Train, and Boyz II Men. Great job, bigots! You’re only a decade behind!)
In their typical friendly fashion, the WBC has labeled One Direction ‘perverted’ personifications of the ‘sin-chasing, fag-enabling, God-hating, Christ-rejecting’ UK. Aw gosh guys, thanks! I didn’t even know you noticed!
“These freaks and their fans think it’s funny for these five perverts to grab each other’s [sic] asses on stage. They glamorize sin and make a mock of God’s standards. Their one purpose is to encourage the youth of this generation to pursue every lust their evil hearts can imagine.”
That’s so weird, I thought their purpose was to make music! But no matter, since you protested their July 19th show in Kansas City, Missouri, I’m sure you got a chance to clear up the error. They showed up to picket the concert at the Sprint Center, bearing really tasteful signs about god hating fags and sluts and the UK and whatnot, and Harry responded in probably the most mature way possible, tweeting:
Despite the company outside, I believe in equal rights for everyone. I think God loves all. Thanks for coming to the show though.
— Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles) July 20, 2013
I love that. Simple, too the point, not unnecessarily overdramatic, just stating a point and getting a little trolling in there too by thanking them for coming to the show. That’s how it’s done, world. That’s how it’s done.