Spoiler alert! Contains details from Sunday’s episode of HBO’s “Euphoria.”
“Euphoria” can’t stop courting controversy.
HBO’s unflinching high-school drama starring Zendaya has already drawn ire from parents and critics for its frequent depictions of explicit teen sex and substance abuse. Following Sunday’s episode, the show has a new set of detractors in One Direction fans, who are up in arms over a graphic fantasy sequence involving former bandmates Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.
In the episode, Rue (Zendaya) gives viewers a detailed backstory on heavyset classmate Kat (Barbie Ferreira), a relative social outcast who becomes a popular webcam girl. But it’s not her first brush with internet fame: Rue reveals in voiceover that Kat used to write X-rated fan fiction about Styles and Tomlinson (dubbed “Larry Stylinson”), which won her many fans of her own on Tumblr.
Kat (Barbie Ferreira) draws a massive following on Tumblr after authoring smutty stories about One Direction's Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. (Photo: Eddy Chen/HBO)
Rue then proceeds to narrate an example of one such naughty scene, which is acted out on screen by animated versions of Styles and Tomlinson. In the NSFW minute-long clip, Styles comes up behind Tomlinson backstage and starts massaging his shoulders, before getting on his knees and performing oral sex. The two men tenderly embrace and float into the cosmos together, lovingly gazing into each others’ eyes.
The scene was roundly criticized by fans of the ex-boy band on Twitter, many of whom believed it was a violation of the singers’ privacy and done in poor taste.
Liam Payne, left, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Niall Horan of British boy band One Direction, which broke up in 2015. (Photo: Karwai Tang, WireImage)
“As a Larrie (a fan who “shipped” Styles and Tomlinson’s fake relationship), I’d like to say that I do NOT wants ‘Euphoria’ to have a Larry sex scene,” Twitter user @sunshiinebeann wrote. “It’s (expletive) disrespectful and disgusting. … The producers are disgraceful.”
“If ‘Euphoria’ really has a Larry animated sex scene, I am going to be LIVID, that’s so disrespectful and (expletive) GROSS,” @selflovehes chimed in.
Others called the moment “uncomfortable” and “embarrassing,” suggesting that the artists should take legal action against HBO.
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I literally just saw a tweet that said this whole euphoria episode mess is larries fault— sorry but I don’t remember asking for this at all. In fact I am COMPLETLEY AGAINST THIS. it doesn’t matter your views on Larry, whatever their relationship is, THIS IS DISRESPECTFUL TO THEM
I just don’t understandwhy this euphoria show had to use their real names and show one direction images? They could have made it clear who they were referencing with out using names “two members from the most popular boy band” would have got the message across just fine.
Other people saw the raunchy sequence as a critique of toxic fandoms, suggesting that many of the fans who took umbrage with it may have written similar fiction themselves.
i have a serious question: what is so bad about a larry sex scene in euphoria of you’re okay with explicit fanfics in general? like if you don’t like explicit fics anyways okay but what’s the difference that makes y’all say this is disrespectful and fics aren’t?
euphoria really held a mirror up to 1D stans and showed them how weird it is to write larry smut it’s so funny to me 😭
“Euphoria” airs Sundays on HBO (10 EDT/PDT).
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