HBO’s new drama “Euphoria” got more heat for its graphic nature on Sunday, this time from some angry One Direction fans reacting to the Zendaya-led show’s third episode, which included an animated sex scene between former bandmates Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.
That backlash was amplified when Tomlinson confirmed Monday that he did not sign off on the segment, which depicts him and Styles engaging in oral sex.
“I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it,” he tweeted.
I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it.
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) July 1, 2019
The episode in question, titled “Made You Look,” focuses on Kat (played by Barbie Ferreira), one of the teens at the center of this high school-set drama narrated by Zendaya’s character Rue, a junior struggling with drug addiction after spending the summer in rehab.
Rue explains how, though Kat (a plus-size teen) isn’t super popular at school, she’s infamous online for her erotic fan fiction. And it’s a graphic story about Styles and Tomlinson (dubbed “Larry Stylinson” by fans who ship the two singers), which is read aloud by Rue and plays out as an animated sequence on screen, that gained her a legion of followers.
“@euphoriaHBO the f–k is wrong with you?” one user tweeted. “please delete that harry styles and louis tomlinson scene! it is so disrespectful and disgusting that you got to do that. shame on you.”
“y’all, #euphoria really has zendaya doing a voice-over of her reading a one direction smut fanfiction where harry styles and louis tomlinson f–k i’m despondent,” another wrote.
Representatives for HBO and Styles did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
See some of the reactions below.
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
— ???????????? (@silouvette) July 1, 2019
y’all, #euphoria really has zendaya doing a voice-over of her reading a one direction smut fanfiction where harry styles and louis tomlinson fuck i’m despondent
— black lives matter (@kirkxxs) July 1, 2019
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
— jacey ✰ (@kiszystyles) July 1, 2019
I’m so fucking mad with @euphoriahbo producers.. who gave them the right to put harry styles and louis tomnlinson in that awkward situation again? i don’t give a shit if this is a made up story. Dudes literally been haunted by that stupid and nonsense ship FOREVER
— maria (@adorelordi) July 1, 2019
For everyone currently not aware, on the HBO show Euphoria a sex scene that involved Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson (aka “larry”) was shown without consent or approval. This fan made “ship” has hurt harry and louis relationship and is something that has..#LTandHSdeservesbetter
— nevaeh (@uhidkyimadwthis) July 1, 2019
There was a scene in that new show called Euphoria where they animated a Larrry sex scene which is absolutely fucking disgusting. People actually think Harry approved of it when he would NEVER do something like that. This is fucking Harry Styles we're talking about
— Boy With Liv did selca day ???? (@Jiminsgrapes) July 1, 2019
i'm disappointed cause i wanted to watch Euphoria but now i clearly won't. i can't believe they used harry styles and louis tomlinson's image knowing the way they've been hipersexualized for years and took advantage of it for their aesthetic and to get audience…absolutely gross
— ???????????????? (@herondangeI) July 1, 2019
imagine harry styles watching tonights euphoria #EuphoriaHBO
— aprilshowerzzzz????????????♀️ (@Aprilmc44625591) July 1, 2019
@euphoriaHBO the fuck is wrong with you? please delete that harry styles and louis tomlinson scene! it is so disrespectful and disgusting that you got to do that. shame on you.
— miNa (@godhasdiedx) July 1, 2019
I can't believe they talked about Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson fanfic on euphoria I- pic.twitter.com/00BK2cevwy
— Nairoby || (@comebacktojonas) July 1, 2019
“Euphoria” airs Sundays at 10/9c on HBO.