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Prepare for a novel.
Okay, taking a deep breath, and starting…:
Andy cannot confirm Ziam. I am 100% sure he has signed non disclosure agreements or whatever they are called, because he is Liam’s friend and we know the boys’ friends and family have had to sign contracts too. So Andy couldn’t reply to that tweet and say ‘yes Liam is with a guy’.
But what he did, was not comment on it at all. We know Andy. If Liam was not with a guy (aka Zayn), Andy would have jumped on the opportunity to ‘defend’ his friend (because that is what he would see it as, since he can deny being homophobic all he wants, but he had just used the fact that the Unwanted guy had two dads as an insult, and that is pretty homophobic in my book).
You say that if he had denied it he would appear homophobic. I disagree. He could have simply added an ‘as for Liam, he has a girlfriend’, or something similar, at the end of his tweet. I know we are calling Andy dumb (and I agree, oops) but come on, he could have thought of THAT, it’s not rocket science. He had already stated that he wasn’t homophobic, and said he didn’t even think about his friends’ sexualities, but the person who tweeted him explicitly stated that Liam is in a gay relationship. That’s a pretty HUGE thing if you ask me, and if it wasn’t true, Andy would have said it.
Quick fact refreshing: Andy was (is) homophobic. It is said that Liam got with Zayn on September. On December, after MSG, Liam unfollowed Andy and Andy tweeted about being unwanted. A few days after, Liam followed him again. This could be irrelevant to the whole ‘Andy didn’t accept Ziam at the start’ theory, but I have a feeling it’s not. Anyway. Sometime on January, Andy posted a video where Liam is playing with a robot, and you can hear Zayn’s voice in it. He also called bullshit on a Sugarscape article about Zerrie (which had nothing to do with Liam) on January 16. Sometime between then and now, Zayn followed him on twitter. You can check all that, it’s there.
Why did I mention all these? I believe that the main reason Andy has grown the confidence to deny that he is homophobic, is because he has started warming up to Ziam. He has spent enough time processing it in his head, and because we’ve established that he’s not the brightest person in the world, for him hanging out and accepting a gay couple (or more) equals not being homophobic. Oh well.
Then there is the fact that he is friends with D (idk their status now after everything, but they were in the past at least). So the tweet he replied to, stated that Liam was in a relationship with a guy (aka Zayn). Where does that leave his ‘friend’? She was just called a beard, essentially. And if she WASN’T a beard, I believe Andy would have said something, and he would have been pretty harsh in his words too.
Back to this ‘he didn’t deny it yes but if he had he /would/ be called homophobic’. Now, wait a second. We are talking about a guy who denies being homophobic minutes after he used the fact (?) that the Unwanted guy had two dads as a slur. Andy has no idea what the word even means, in my opinion. He did his part. He flat out said ‘I don’t act homophobic’. Then I am sure he smirked, pleased with himself, and believed all insults of him being a homophobe would be put to rest.
He said he has gay friends and he ‘doesn’t even think about it’. Well, if Liam wasn’t one of those gay friends, do you think Andy would have held back? He would have said ‘no, Liam is not gay’, in some way.
Then there is the opinion that Andy didn’t ‘understand’ what the tweet was about. I disagree 100%. The person who tweeted mentioned homophobia AND Liam being in a gay relationship in 2 lines. It wasn’t even a confusing wall of text. It was simple and clear. Andy’s reply was simple and clear as well.
Back to Andy not being able to talk openly about Ziam. He isn’t. But he has hinted at it before, and it was far more intentional then. As I mentioned above, on Jaunary 16, a Sugarscape article about Zerrie being loved up was posted, and Andy tweeted ‘It’s funny cause @sugarscape have so much incorrect information they post. Makes me laugh’. The article wasn’t even about Liam, his own friend. It was about Zayn, and more specifically, Zayn’s romantic relationship, and Andy chose to comment on that, out of the blue.
Now, why I think he is doing this: I think, as weird as it may sound, that Andy believes he is doing good. That he is helping. He desperately needs Liam. Liam gives him fame. I do not like Andy Samuels as a person, and I feel uncomfortable expressing my dislike about a person so openly (though now that we are at it, my dislike for him PALES in comparison to my dislike towards D), but it is the truth. I believe Andy is using Liam, to an extent at least. Liam gives him promo for his clothing company etc. And if he wants him to keep on doing that, he has to be on good terms with him. And because, like I said a few times above, he is not the brightest person in the world, he probably thinks his actions equal ‘standing up’ (more on that later) for Liam and being cool.
Then there is the other opinion that Andy saw that tweet, and he needed to defend himself, so he replied anyway, even if the Liam part was false (which it isn’t, of course). Well, I will admit I haven’t checked, but knowing the fandom and knowing Andy, I am quite sure he gets tons of tweets like this every day. And some of them are bound to be Liam free. He could have chosen one of those instead, and everything would have been fine. But no, he chose the one that mentioned Liam (and Zayn), and he didn’t even bother to deny that Liam is with a guy, because it is the truth, and for some reason (aka he wants to be on good terms with Liam), Andy does not want to deny this particular truth.
On to the last part. I said above that Andy might be thinking that his actions equal ‘standing up’ for Liam. Why I said this? Because I believe Liam wants to come out. I believe it 100%. I think he never wanted D to be a beard for him in the first place. He has done nothing to hide his love for Zayn these past few months. The only thing he hasn’t done (yet) is say ‘Zayn is my boyfriend’. But his actions speak louder than words. He has called Zayn ‘special man’ like, 5 times now? He praises him every night. He looks at him like he’s the sun and stars. I could go on for days but this is not the point of this post.
So Andy, his dear friend, who is on a mission to prove to his friend that he is not homophobic, and who must have seen how angry Liam is with the whole situation he has been forced into, thought that, ‘confirming by not denying’ that Liam is with Zayn, would be ‘freeing’ his friend from something he hated.
This is where I get really angry. Andy has not right to out Liam, Zayn, or anyone. Liam wants to come out, so what? WHO does Andy think he is, to do it for him? I am not a queer person, I cannot claim to having any idea what it is like to be in the closet or out of it. But I know that nobody has the right to force anyone to reveal a part of themselves to the world when it’s not their choice. Modest are morally wrong because they are forcing these young people to not only hide that they are queer, but also to lie and pretend that they are in committed relationships with women. But Andy is morally wrong as well, because it is not his place at all to clear this mess for Liam.
Like I said, I believe Liam wants to come out, but there is a huge distance between doing it your own way, and being outed by someone else. And these kids have been outed a thousand times already. When Liam (and Zayn, and Harry, and Louis) comes out, I’m sure he will do it in a safer way. If the boys are outed now, many people could lose their jobs unexpectedly, and then there is a fact that not everyone, even in their families, knows the truth yet. But basically I feel like I have been trying to prove that the sun rises in the East in these last two paragraphs. It’s so blatantly clear that people should come out on their own terms, and that it’s their fucking right to stay in the closet, or get out of it, or dance the Macarena, or do whatever the hell they want.
All I know is things have been getting out of hand lately. We had two (four) outings in one day. I’m sure the Media will keep quiet about it, like they always do. But this cannot go on forever. They won’t accommodate Modest’s wishes forever, and one day some media outlet is bound to report the truth, because lbr, it’s gonna cause chaos, and the Media live for that shit.
Modest had better start constructing coming out plans. I don’t know if all of them want to come out right now, but some do, and they should do it their way. It’s not my call, its not your call, not Andy’s, not the Unwanted’s , it’s the boys’ call. And they have been denied the right to make the decision for themselves for too long. I know Modest (as a whole, I am sure there must be some humans with proper hearts in their chests over there) don’t give a fuck about the boys and they are only using them to get money, but I have the right to hope, right?