Did 42 One Direction fans known as “Larry Shippers” kill themselves after British television Channel 4 aired a documentary on their fandom? At least that’s the rumor circulating on Twitter, where the hashtag #RIPLarryShippers and “Larry Shippers” was trending Friday morning.
“Larry Shippers” refers to the segment of One Direction fans who fantasize or believe there’s a romantic relationship between One Direction members Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles.
On Thursday, Channel 4 aired “Crazy About One Direction,” a documentary series that delved into the obsession some fans have with the British boy band.
“Directioners are a rare breed of fan. Connected to their idols through social media, they have a love and dedication like no other. These are the girls that heart One Direction,” Channel 4 explains about the program on its website. “This documentary reveals what it truly means to be a Directioner, the lengths they will go to meet 1D, and how these teenage girls are united in their love of the most popular boy band in the world.”
Some believed that the Channel 4 program painted Directioners in a negative light. One Direction member Liam Payne took to Twitter to slam the Channel 4 documentary series and said fans of the boy band shouldn’t be embarrassed about their fandom.
“Just so all of you know we love you guys and we know how dedicated you are and tbh we can't believe it that you gus [sic] spend all you time on us,” he tweeted. “We couldn't give a f--- what any documentary says there dramatized for entertainment and full of bulls--- anyway we all know... ... How hard you work for us and see it everyday at our shows, Let's all take a step back and think about what we/you have all achieved... You should be proud.”
Twitter went wild with rumors that 42 Larry Shippers committed suicide after the airing of the first episode of “Crazy About One Direction.”
Payne acknowledged that he heard about the suicides but was hoping they were just rumors.
“Not really sure what's going on right now I just hope everyone's ok xxx,” he tweeted. “Hearing some horrible things... Really hope this isn't true.”
A large number of One Direction fans believe the rumors are true, although there’s no confirmation from reliable news sources that Directioners killed themselves over the program.
What is this all about Larry Shippers?? #RIPLarryShippers
â€” Be my 1/5 LIAM xx (@1Dgurl_o7) August 16, 2013
42 larry shippers committed suicide im crying
â€” yani (@cl1ffords) August 16, 2013
i cried when i found out the larry shippers committed i cried wen i read liams tweets this is so emotional
â€” LiamGodDamnPayneILY (@LovingDaNialler) August 16, 2013