Sunday, August 11, 2013

Weekend Diversion: Most unexpected song post ever

This week’s Weekend Diversion is something I never thought I’d be posting: A One Direction song. The video is for “Best Song Ever”, originally posted at the end of July. The reason I’m posting it is because of the abundance of “WTF?!” moments in the video, including the none too subtle gay references.

All the acting in the video is done by One Direction members, most of which, I think, are actually quite good. But there are weird moments, as BuzzFeed noted in “The 21 Most WTF Moments From One Direction’s Latest Music Video”. I agree with all of them.

It’s fair to say that I’m not exactly a One Direction fan, but neither do I hate them. In fact, pop music fan that I am, I’ve liked some of their songs—it’s the hype I could do without. Still, One Direction is a prime example of why I created Arthur’s Law in the first place.

So, take the video at face value, and look at the oddities if you want. Or, ignore it altogether. But I give them props for their acting performances, and for playing with the constant gay speculation about them (based on previous boy bands, odds are that at least one of them is gay…). As I have often said on this blog, pop music is meant to be fun. This video is fun—and it’s more than a little weird. No wonder I like it.

Related: One of my favourite YouTubers, Tyler Oakley, went all fanboyish when 1D’s Harry Styles re-Tweeted him about this video.

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