Viewpoint: Don’t bash this British boy band until you try it

By Jamie Lim

Thursday morning started off like every other Thursday morning — nothing new, nothing special. I walked into my Art History class 15 minutes early, like always. Then my professor began to play music, like always.

Suddenly, I heard a familiar tune. It was “What Makes You Beautiful” by the British boy band One Direction.

Haven’t heard of One Direction? No surprise there; most people over the age of 15 haven’t either.

They may look extremely young, but their ages actually range from 18 to 20. Just like Beiber has his wide range of fans, so does One Direction.

My obsession, if you can even call it that, started during spring break when I was watching “Today” on NBC. They were going to be performing the following Monday and all I thought was, “Who cares?”

Obviously I ended up caring because their songs are being played nonstop on my iPhone. I feel like my best friend’s younger sister in junior high who has Bieber Fever — minus the Bieber and the fever.

Some have labeled them to be our generation’s Beatles, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. If anything, they’re a combination of the Jonas Brothers, ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys minus the whole American aspect.

People who make summer-themed playlists should definitely include at least one One Direction song.

Not to mention that one of the band’s music videos is on the beach. If that doesn’t scream out summer, then I don’t know what does.

The beats and lyrics to their songs are upbeat, fun and catchy. Their music is the type of music you can scream at the top of your lungs while dancing in your room. It just puts a smile on your face.

Their songs make you feel better. Listening to five guys singing that you don’t need makeup, you light up a man’s world and being the way that you are is enough can make any woman’s day better. If you don’t know you’re beautiful, according to One Direction, that’s what makes you beautiful.

Still not convinced to check them out? One word: accents. It’s probably obvious that they would have accents since the members, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, are from Europe.

They’re a huge success in the United Kingdom and have already made a mark in the United States. Just recently, their album “Up All Night” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Their fans, known as Directioners, are truly dedicated to the band. For example, when they played on “Today,” many fans, mostly young women, camped outside days before and even skipped school.

They were recently on tour with Big Time Rush as the opening act. In all honesty, I don’t even know who Big Time Rush is. In my opinion, it should have been Big Time Rush opening for One Direction.

Fortunately, Directioners won’t have to wait long to see their favorite British boy band back on stage. The group just announced their tour dates for the U.S.

Jamie Lim is a sophomore journalism major from Houston and is a reporter for the Lariat.