Niall Horan really wants you to care about his music and not just his ‘bubble butt’
Former One Direction star Niall Horan has a problem; fans won’t stop appreciating him for his butt.
In getting to the bottom of this problem, we first have to rewind. After the boyband broke, Horan released his first solo single in 2016, ‘This Town’.
He’s since dropped a number of singles and albums, forging a folk-style version of pop, and is currently working on launching his second album, Nice To Meet Ya.
‘Bubble butt, bubble, bubble, bubble butt.’
While musical talent certainly does help in launching a solo career, it’s safe to say some of Horan’s fans have enjoyed a little more than his music over the years.
Harry Styles thighs/dimples
Liam Payne hair/arms
Louis Tomlinson ass/ankles
Niall Horan stomach/bubble butt
Zayn Malik jawline/eyelashes
— itbekaryme (@fkaryme_19) May 22, 2017
And Exhibit B:
@NiallOfficial BUBBLE BUTT BUBBLE BUBBLE BUBBLE BUTT 🍑
— 𝒹𝑒𝓈 ❄️🌬☀️💧 (@hrtbrkhabit) September 20, 2018
Niall Horan sarcastically asks we ‘forget’ about his music and ‘focus on [his] arse’.
Back to the present day, during a recent gig, a fan uploaded a video of Horan passionately singing one of his old singles, ‘Slow Hands’, and another fan jumped in with a crucial observation.
“We need to appreciate Niall’s butt more [shake my head],” they tweeted.
Horan himself, however, was not too keen about this comment.
He replied: “Yeh, I agree. We need to forget about my songwriting, musicianship, creative being and just really focus on my arse.”
Yeh I agree. We need to forget about my songwriting, musicianship, creative being and just really focus on my arse 😐
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) December 17, 2019
While the fan quickly clarified that they were only “kidding”, Horan’s acidic sarcasm incited many to discuss the ways in which musicians are objectified by fans and the media alike.
Pockets of fans rallied together to form the Niall Horan’s Butt and Music Appreciation Society.
We appreciate every single part of you, even your arse. Accept it baby. YOUR. ARSE. IS. DAMN. NICE. https://t.co/e2FIXQG8SF
— Darknjss (@darknjss) December 17, 2019
— 𝒜𝓁𝒾𝓈𝓈𝒶🍉 #𝙁𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙚 #𝙒𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙨 (@alissa1085) December 18, 2019
Some brought up how other artists are routinely objectified for their bodies:
damn men get objectified n wanna cry lol get to shaking that leprechaun ass loser https://t.co/HxJyBv1dtl
— 🐚 (@kindacoId) December 17, 2019
I tell you, men can't handle a fraction of the shit women always deal with. That's why they stay being trash, no one should be objectified but he acting like he hasn't done that shit himself to women. https://t.co/Jx6MCtq5YS
— 𝕂ℝ𝕀𝕊 (@cantsilenceafag) December 18, 2019
While others stepped in to Horan’s defence, arguing that regardless of gender identity, if an artist does not wish to be objectified they have every right not to be:
people pressed over the fact he said he doesn't wanna be sexualised? I see no problem with that… if he doesn't wanna be sexualised he doesn't wanna be sexualised… https://t.co/n3CdFD4d5Y
— trans elmo (@Trans_Elmo) December 18, 2019