Fans Are Furious After HBO's "Euphoria" Included An Animated Sex Scene Between Harry Styles And Louis Tomlinson

    "I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it."

    On Sunday, HBO aired the third episode of Euphoria, the already controversial show that stars Zendaya as a young woman attempting to integrate back into high school life after leaving rehab.

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    The episode focused on the character of Kat, a quiet girl who's actually pretty well known online for writing smutty One Direction fanfiction.

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    The show credits Kat with the invention of Larry Stylinson — the subsection of the One Direction fandom that romantically ships Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.

    But the episode didn't just ~talk~ about the fanfic. The narrator of the show actually read aloud an explicit sex scene between Styles and Tomlinson, and they animated it.

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    It's safe to say the episode has sparked some controversy with fans of Styles, Tomlinson, Larry Stylinson, and One Direction in general — and plenty of them have shared their thoughts online.

    they LITERALLY said "larry stylinson" and used their names,, i'm so disgusted and upset what the fuck this is so embarrassing to harry, louis, the fandom, the boys families, i can't believe this

    Some people assumed Styles and Tomlinson must have given consent for their real names and likenesses to be used in such an explicit scene.

    I’m? So? Confused? Who allowed Euphoria to use Harry & Louis’ names? Are lou & harry aware that this happened? Like they must be-it’s hbo so they probably had to like have some form of permission from lou & harry’s management or them themselves but why would anyone allow that?

    just going to sit and hope that they for some reason approved it because surely they had to to get it aired 😭😭 harry seems quite friendly with the people involved but u can just TELL louis’ not gonna like it 😬

    Until Tomlinson himself replied to a fan's tweet, confirming that he hadn't even been contacted about the episode and didn't approve it.

    @backtoyoulouis I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it.

    Several people pointed out that Tomlinson has spoken in the past about how constant speculation surrounding his relationship with Styles actually ended up affecting their friendship.

    just saw the euphoria scene of harry & louis & i’m so disgusted. louis clearly said that the ship ruined their friendship & some prick decided to air that on tv with their real names for everyone to see... if we’re this uncomfortable i can’t imagine how they’re feeling

    In a 2017 interview with the Sun, Tomlinson admitted that he struggled to maintain a close friendship with Styles during their time in the band because of the rumours.

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    He said of their strained relationship:

    It kind of happened naturally for me and Harry because a certain amount of the fans drew up this conspiracy. It created this atmosphere between the two of us where everyone was looking into everything we did. It took away the vibe you get off anyone. It made everything, I think on both fences, a little bit more unapproachable.

    As a result, fans of both Styles and Tomlinson — and even shippers — are calling the show "disgusting" and "disrespectful".

    as a larrie, i'd like to say that i do NOT want euphoria to have a larry sex scene. it's fucking disrespectful&disgusting that they think it's okay. it's also disgusting to assume that larries WANT it&to blame us for it. we're not to blame, the producers are. disgraceful.

    However, some are arguing that people who ship the pair shouldn't have a problem with HBO's use of their names, because they've been doing the same thing online for years.

    Omfg Larry stans are PISSED about the Euphoria Larry scene... Like they didn't do the same bullshit for YEARS and ruin their irl friendship LMAOOOOO #EUPHORIA

    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 😭

    There is so much hypocrisy in the fact Larries are saying the animated Larry sex scene in Euphoria on HBO was a violation of their privacy and disrespectful like they haven’t been spending nearly a decade violating their privacy and disrespecting them. BUT GO OFF I GUESS!

    Others wondered why it was such a big deal to those who don't generally have a problem with fanfiction.

    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?

    And one person argued that fanfiction is a big part of a lot of teenagers' lives, and therefore the storyline fits with a show that tries to be true to life.

    its not euphoria's fault that ppl took larry too far. thats why its on there, bc it was such a massive part of teenagers lives and because its fucking gross, not bc theyre trying to profit off of harry and louis u fuck heads

    But others argued that the issue is with the fact that the storyline used fanfiction about real-life people rather than fictional characters.

    this situation is so embarrassing n disgusting. harry styles and louis tomlinson are humans and the way hbo reifies and sexualizes them is so fucking DISRESPECTFUL. both of them deserve respect for their bodies and minds and i hope they sue that shitty program.

    And they said Euphoria could have chosen a multitude of fictional ships instead.

    why did euphoria have to pick larry tho?? of all the ships?? why couldn’t they do johnlock- ANY OTHER FICTIONAL PAIRING?? WHY WHY WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE REAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE FEELINGS AND DESERVE RESPECT?? they saw the backlash of After and they changed the names?? shits disgusting

    Representatives for Styles, Tomlinson, and HBO have been contacted for comment.

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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