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One Direction Fans Are Divided About An Erotic FanFic Scene In ‘Euphoria’, HBO’s Newest Show

Louis Tomlinson confirmed he wasn't contacted about the scene, which sees him and Harry Styles get it on.

HBO's 'Euphoria' features an erotic One Direction fan-fiction scene

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HBO’s new teen drama Euphoria has come under fire for a scene in its latest episode, featuring an animated diver into a character’s One Direction erotic fan-fiction between Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles. The band’s fanbase are divided on the scene’s purpose, complicated further by Tomlinson confirming he was not approached to approve the scene.

Slash fan-fiction between Tomlinson and Styles is well-established. During the boyband’s peak, conspiracy theories about the two secretly dating were huge throughout the fandom, and widely reported on to the point that Tomlinson has stated it put a strain on their friendship, as their every movement was analysed.

While fan-fiction about real people isn’t unique to One Direction’s fandom, it’s arguably the most well-known — as is the ‘Larry’ sub-strand. Even after the band’s hiatus in 2016, it remains both vibrant and controversial, with fans arguing over whether it objectifies the two men without consent.

With this in mind, it makes sense that Euphoria decided to name-drop the fan-fiction in an episode three flashback. In the scene, the show’s protagonist Rue (Zendaya) explains via narration how cam-girl Kat (Barbie Ferreira) first found fame online by writing the first-ever viral Larry piece.

In an animated scene, the show dives into some lines from ‘The First Night’, Kat’s story where Styles massages Tomlinson’s shoulders backstage on the opening night of their 2013 Take Me Home tour, leading to some NSFW antics.

Shortly after airing, 1D fans expressed ‘disgust’ online over the scene — even from Larries, people who ‘ship’ the two singers and continue to write fanfic. Which means a distinction was made; it’s okay to write ‘Larry’ content for a niche audience, but not to broadcast it on TV, which would hurt Styles and Tomlinson in a way their words wouldn’t — and reflect poorly on the fanbase.

Not everyone agreed, arguing the anger was hypocritical at best.

The debate went on, prompting fans to ask Tomlinson and Styles both if they had prior knowledge of the show’s content, or whether they gave approval.

Styles has not responded, but Tomlinson, in a short response, has. “I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it,” he wrote.

Euphoria (which is executive produced by Drake) or HBO have not made any comments. The show is an adaptation of an Israeli mini-series from 2012 — in addition to Zendaya, it stars Maude Apatow, A Wrinkle In Time lead Storm Reid, and The Kissing Booth‘s Jacob Elordi.

It airs on FOX Showcase each Monday night in Australia, and some explicit scenes — some including full frontal nudity — have been blurred to adhere to our national codes of practice.

You can see the controversial scene below.

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Ok I need to explain this stuff. In the #Euphoria's last episode (a serie) has some private parts about Harry and Louis' from #TakeMeHome era. Louis replied a fan's tweet about this thing. He said he didn't approve it. But Harry didn't say anything and he followed somebody who is from the crew of that serie. So some fans from #kpop comes up and started a tag (#harrystylesisgoingtojailparty) then Harries (also Directioners) started a new tag on Twitter against to them – #lovingharryparty . So if you want to show your side please support Harry and tweet about it. that's all. . . . . . . . . . . . . . #8yearsofonedirection @onedirection @harrystyles @louist91 @niallhoran @liampayne @zayn #onedirectionfamily #oned #onedirection #onedirectionfandom #1dupdates #1dfamily #1direction #1d #harryandlouis #harrystylesedits #louisandharry #louistomlinson #louistops #niallhoran #liampayne #comeout #loveislove #larryisreal #larrystylinsonarmy #larrystylinson #larrystyliinsonedits #larryproof #larry5thanniversary

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