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HBO airs animated gay sex scene between Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson

HBO airs animated gay sex scene between Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson

Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson in the animated segment of Euphoria

Although only three episodes into its first season, new HBO series Euphoria has managed to raise eyebrows. The pilot episode of the teen drama featured an erect penis.

It continued to do so last night by airing an animated scene in which One Direction boy band members Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson have sex. Although both big LGBTI allies, neither performer has ever identified as gay or bisexual.

What is Euphoria about?

Euphoria is a teen drama series. A US version, based upon a popular Israeli show, began to air three weeks ago on HBO.

It follows a group of high school teens as they figure out their lives. This inevitably includes sexuality, sex, dating and drugs.

The show stars Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow, Eric Dane and Barbie Ferreira, among others.

On last night’s episode, entitled Made You Look, the first few minutes featured a voiceover narration by lead character, Rue (Zendaya). She’s explaining more about the background of Kat (played by Ferreira).

As Rue narrates the story, we learn that Kat found internet fame three years earlier when she began to produce fan fiction.

Fan fiction finds fans writing romances, and sometimes pornographic stories, about their idols. For example, the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon started life as an episodic fan fiction of the Twilight characters.

Raunchy Euphoria animation

In the episode, Kat is revealed to have written fan fiction about One Directon’s Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. Rue says Kat’s 7,000-word story was largely to blame for the ‘Larry Stylinson conspiracy theory, that Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction are secretly f***ing.’

HBO Euphoria Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson
‘Louis was unusually nervous, his mouth was dry, palms sweaty when he felt the press of Harry’s body from behind,’ narrates Kat in the fantasy segment (Image: HBO)

Accompanying the narration is an animation of the two performers. The clip has been posted to Twitter by several twitter profiles.

https://twitter.com/PopCraveNet/status/1145567286469808128

In it, a fictional, nervous Tomlinson is approached by Styles backstage at a show in 2013.

‘Louis was unusually nervous, his mouth was dry, palms sweaty when he felt the press of Harry’s body from behind,’ Rue narrates.

‘Harry can sense the nervous tension running through Louis’ stiff body,’

‘”What are you doing?”

‘”To calm your nerves. You’re my best mate and this is what mates do for one another.”

‘”But Harry, what if someone sees?”

‘”Let them.”‘

Harry then turns Luis around and goes down to perform oral sex on him. You don’t see any penises, although you do then see the outlines of their bodies in the 69 position.

Larry Stylinson

Fan fiction concerning Styles and Tomlinson is not new. In fact, the Larry Stylinson phenomenon did occur. Tomlinson has previously called it, ‘the biggest load of bulls*** I’ve ever heard.’

He even told The Sun: ‘It created this atmosphere between the two of us where everyone was looking into everything we did.’

Some fans find the segment ‘disgusting’ and ‘disrespectful’

Perhaps in recognition of this, some One Direction fans have been unimpressed by the latest episode of Euphoria.

One, @soyloini, said, ‘This is disgusting. They are being sexualized. And they do not even know about this. It’s humiliating, I hope and L & H will take legal action on this.’

Another, @angelboys1d said, ‘Just because they are public figures doesn’t give anyone the right to do that. They are humans, they want privacy in their lives.

‘If Larry is actually real and they want to keep just between them and their friends and families then so be it. But sexualising them like … this is truly disgusting. Fanfiction or not, it shouldn’t have been done. Whoever came up with this should really be ashamed of themselves.’

Another, @hsloner, said: ‘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.’

One fan has already started a petition demanding HBO cut the scene from Euphoria.

At the time of writing, it had received almost 3,000 signatures of a 5,000 target.

The petition’s creator, Giselle Garbaccio, states, ‘This is beyond disgusting and shouldn’t have been incorporated into the show. I’d like to see it be removed or at least altered in the show. I’d like to see HBO remove the names of the characters as a last resort. Ideally, I’d like to see the entire scene removed.’

Barbie Ferreira comments on the episode

In an interview yesterday with the Hollywood Reporter, Barbie Ferreira talked about the appeal of fan fiction.

‘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.

‘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. 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.’

Gay Star News has contacted representatives of both Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles for comment.

UPDATE

Four hours after we published our story, Tomlinson took to Twitter. Responding to a fan who questioned whether either he or Styles had approved the scene in advance, he tweeted: ‘I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it.’

See also

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Harry Styles reveals: ‘We’re all a little bit gay, aren’t we?’