For our Harry Styles: The Womanizer posts, the masterpost of which you can find here (x), we’ve recently decided to look into the relationship between Harry and Lucy Horobin.
For those of you who don’t know who Lucy Horobin is, Harry was linked to her when he was 17, before he became involved with Caroline Flack (x). She was a radio DJ, who was, at the time of the affair, married to Oliver Pope.
But ask yourself: Why is there that knee-jerk rejection of any effort to “overthink” pop culture? Why would you ever be afraid that looking too hard at something will ruin it? If the government built a huge, mysterious device in the middle of your town and immediately surrounded it with a fence that said, “NOTHING TO SEE HERE!” I’m pretty damned sure you wouldn’t rest until you knew what the hell that was — the fact that they don’t want you to know means it can’t be good.
Well, when any idea in your brain defends itself with “Just relax! Don’t look too close!” you should immediately be just as suspicious. It usually means something ugly is hiding there.
On the 17th May 2013, International Day Against Homophobia, part of the Real Eyes campaign team took action on Twitter to try and reduce the amount of homophobic language used online.
This is a masterpost of the reactions we received and the conversations we had over our three accounts during the course of the day.
HUGE trigger warning for homophobic language and some racism.
We also haven’t blocked the name of our campaign accounts - feel free to go and follow @homefromnarnia, but please don’t try and contact the accounts featured in this post. Their names are blanked out to protect their privacy.
Here we go.
People who have no issue with it because ‘it’s a joke’:
Listen up, twitter. It’s not okay to say the word f***** if you have a friend or relative who’s gay. It’s not okay to the use the word f***** if you’re gay or bi yourself. It’s not okay to say the word n***** if you have a black friend. It’s not okay to use the word n***** if you are black yourself.
I realize that you see these words thrown about all the time - by your peers, by rappers, by comedians, and think that if others do it, it’s okay for you to do it too. Or, that if you know people in that marginalized group or are marginalized yourself, it’s okay to use them. Or, that if it’s only a joke, it’s okay to say it. Or that if you support gay rights, you’re entitled to say whatever homophobic slurs you like because you don’t MEAN them. The thing is, no one KNOWS your true intentions but you, least of all in 140 characters or less. No one knows about your gay brother or the time you did a 5k for Gay Marriage. When you use those words, no matter what you support or don’t support, you are aligning yourself with racism, with homophobia.
F***** is not a neutral word. N***** is not a neutral word. These are words that have a history of violence, of oppression, of stripping others of their rights. They do not exist in a bubble. They do not stand alone. These words have weight. There is no humorous context for these words, there is no “silly” or “funny” way of using them. It is not all right to use them just because you see other people doing so or because you feel you have some special “right” to them.
Please take responsibility for your actions. There is no rationalization for using these words.