One Direction Fans Up In Arms Over Animated Fanfic Sex Scene From This Week’s ‘Euphoria’
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One Direction Fans Up In Arms Over Animated Fanfic Sex Scene From This Week’s ‘Euphoria’

One Direction’s fans are not happy with HBO’s groundbreaking, controversial and buzzy new teen drama, Euphoria.  The Zendaya-led show has been dominating the water cooler each week so far this summer, including at Shadow And Act, where we live-tweet the show on Sundays.

The most recent episode featured an animated sequence as a part of a scene giving backstory to the character of Kat (Barbie Ferreira). As a young teen, she gained popularity on mediums like Tumblr for creating fan fiction, including the much-documented fan fiction between One Direction bandmates Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, affectionally referred to by their fanbase as “Larry.” These said fanfictions, along with a good portion of the One Direction fandom, often fantasized (in graphic detail) a supposed sexual encounter between Styles and Tomlinson. In Euphoria, Kat’s imagining of the fanfic is depicted in this animated sequence, narrated by Zendaya’s character Rue, showing a cartooned Styles performing oral sex on Tomlinson.

Series creator Sam Levinson spoke about the scene in a recent interview. “Something that I thought was a fascinating or exciting idea was to take this burgeoning curiosity about sexuality that’s ultimately framed through the lens of fan fiction and allow it to come to life. It’s sort of what Kat’s dream would be if she could see an animation of one of her stories. That was the impetus behind it. It’s sort of allowing her wishes to come true.”

He continued, “The idea behind it was a mixture of slightly rough animation and the surrealistic beauty of something like ‘Belladonna of Sadness,’ where you have animated images exploding into other things and there’s an element of surrealism to it. Personally, I find animation to be extremely difficult. I’d never worked with animation before. It’s just, the possibilities are endless. Which at times can be tricky. It’s like, ‘So, where do we want to take this next?’ And there’s a million thoughts that start to move through my head. It doesn’t have the same kind of confines as filmmaking, so it can be a bit daunting.”

Needless to say, One Direction fans are directing their anger at the show, despite the Larry fanfics that popped up all over the internet during the band’s major wave of success.

Because of all their fans speaking out about it, Tomlinson responded to a tweet about the show, saying that he did not approve of the scene.

Outside of the die-hard 1D fans, many approved of the sequence, particularly how it highlights this particular part of the internet that Gen Z grew up on.

Game of Thrones certainly agrees in the show’s favor.

Euphoria airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO.


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