They’re four talented, pretty young stars with the world at their feet.
However, it appears Little Mix are increasingly forgetting to smile during their current performances, leaving them looking like a bunch of angry young women.
"Why are Little Mix so angry? Pop group bring the Grrr to girl power as they pull a series of ferocious faces at Liverpool gig" | Daily Mail
Um, excuse me? Now I know it’s shameful that I regularly read the Daily Mail (sorrysorrysorry) but what’s with this not-even-subtly-misogynistic article? AND it’s accompanied by a bunch of either shit-quality photos that any decent concert photographer would have deleted OR totally badass-looking ones with “snarky” commentary (“Perhaps their grueling schedule is catching up with the four-piece” + “Angry…or just tired?” + “Cheer Up girls! Little Mix pull moody poses”)—all the while making a point to emphasize the “militaristic” nature of Salute.
I generally find it pretty easy to laugh about ridiculous tabloid fodder, but I am genuinely surprised/annoyed/frustrated to see something that so blatantly feeds the idea that girls should always be smiling, should never been seen as “angry” or “tired”. Maybe they are angry! Maybe they are tired! Maybe they’re just dancing! Any of which would be totally acceptable and none of which should prompt someone to suggest that maybe they should just smile!
I guess I’m just sad that they’ve taken a song that (for many people) is encouraging and empowering, and attempted to negate that by lazily relying on the same old tired and insulting tactics that are always used to cut down strong women.