One Direction vs. The Media I: The Zayn of it All

In Part one of this three-part discussion on One Direction, we dive right into the way the band has been portrayed in the media. Join Sara Feigin and Jenna Million as they discuss the infamous 2013 GQ cover story on the boys that highlights them as not much more than a bunch of pretty faces. The misogyny ran rampant throughout the 2k+ word feature. We continue our discussion with  Zayn and how the media tried to give him a leg up as a solo artist, seemingly respecting the Bradford “bad boy” more for quitting while the group was at its height. Tune back in next Sunday for a continuation on One Direction vs. The Media  where we discuss the way that Louis, Harry, Niall and Liam were handled by the media post One Direction.

!!!! As always this podcast is largely opinion-based, while we do in-depth research and include all sources in our show notes, we are humans with opinions. Nothing stated in this episode or any episode is meant to invalidate any listener’s personal views or feelings.

All of our research done for our episode is cited below. All the opinions voiced in the podcast are our own, based on lived experiences being music fans and working members of the music industry for over 10 years.

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Everything That Happened Since Zayn Left One Direction: A Timeline (2020)

One Direction GQ interview (2013)

Zayn GQ interview (2016)

Zayn Malik’s Next Direction [The Fader] (2015)

Zane Lowe Beats 1 Interview [Part 1] [Part 2] (2015)

Infamous Zayn Tweet (2015)

Twitter fight between Zayn and Louis (2015)

 Zayn: The Vogue Interview (2018)

People Are Freaking Out Over Zayn Leaving One Direction: See All the Reactions Here [Glamour] (2015)

One Direction Hiatus Announcement (2015)

Zayn leaving One Direction Statement (2015)

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