This Is Us reinforces Louis’ point. Directioners get an incredible amount of screentime, almost as much as the band. Director Morgan Spurlock is on board with 1D’s take on their audience. “Let me just remind you how not so different they are from those guys who paint their faces for a Giants game every Sunday and talk about what jerks people are who root for the Jets,” Spurlock told Entertainment Weekly. “They’re both in tribes they’re passionate about.” But only one tribe gets called crazy. Or… bison. So many stories have been written about One Direction’s “crazy” fans. But has even one been written about their Muslim fans? The screening I attended was full of girls in headscarves, screaming for Zayn Malik.
One Direction has always been clear that they are a fan-driven operation. They answer fan questions at every concert, and during nearly every interview. The fans get a “massive thank you” whenever the band wins an award, as opposed to other acts who tend to thank God, their manager, their label, their producer, and everyone else, before gesturing to the cheap seats.