Entertainment » Television

Watch: One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Condemns HBO's 'Euphoria' Over Gay Animation with Harry Styles

Tuesday Jul 2, 2019
A scene from "Euphoria."
A scene from "Euphoria."  (Source:YouTube Still via HBO)

Former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson is speaking out against the latest episode of HBO's controversial new teen drama "Euphoria" due to an animation that depicts a gay erotic fan fiction story between him and the band's Harry Styles.

The story is based on a real-life piece of fan fiction written by Anna Todd that went viral a few years ago. Todd's coming-of-age story featured all the members of One Direction but focused on a budding romance between a fictionalized Styles and Tomlinson. The third episode of "Euphoria," which aired Sunday, turned a version of the story into a wild animated sequence that graphically depicts the singers.

In that episode, the character Kat (Barbie Ferreira) is credited to have created the story called "Larry Stylinson," celeb couple name for the pair. As she reads the story, "Euphoria" shows an animated scene of the two and at one point, the cartoon version of Styles is seen performing oral sex on Tomlinson before a concert.

After the episode aired, fans wondered if HBO reached out to the singers to get their approval for the scene. Replying to a fan, Tomlinson said that wasn't the case.

"Just going to sit and hope that they for some reason approved it because surely they had to get it aired," one person wrote of the "Euphoria" scene. "Harry seems quite friendly with the people involved but u can just TELL Louis' not gonna like it."

Tomlinson replied to the tweet, writing, "I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it."

Styles has yet to react to the episode.

This isn't the first time Tomlinson took issue with such content. Back in 2016, it was reported Instagram introduced a new feature that allowed users to filter comments, such as prohibiting and blocking people from leaving offensive language on posts. The singer reportedly blocked the name "Larry" at the time — a reference from the popular fan fiction story. Before that, in 2012, Tomlinson called the "Larry" nickname "the biggest load of bullshit I've ever heard."

Ferreira recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the scene.

"When I first read the script, that was the first thing that popped out to me because I can relate to that as a 22-year-old woman who lived through the One Direction age," she said. "It's such a reality for so many people, and so many children and teens that are fans just have this escapist world.

You completely give yourself to this persona of a person you don't even know, or five guys, and imaging the way they interact the escaping from your own reality," he added. "It's really interesting to me because I was definitely a part of that, where I wanted to escape my own life and focus on others because it was easier and felt more meaningful."

Watch the NSFW scene below.

Please note: The below video may not play if you have ad-blocking on.


Add New Comment

Comments on Facebook