I worked in K-pop for years and have dealt with the rollercoaster ride that is intense fandoms, particularly BTS fans. And despite seeing a lot of crazy stuff happen, the intense obsession that surrounds super popular boy bands continue to astound and surprise me in ways I never expected.
For those who are unaware, Larry Stylinson was a massive fan conspiracy that Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles were secretly dating in the first few years of 1D but had to hide it/get fake girlfriends because management thought the group won’t be to able to sell records to their female fanbase if girls didn’t think they had a chance with the pair.
Despite Louis denying this whole conspiracy and Harry not saying anything about it, the fanbase were adamant about this, which led to a boom in Larry Stylinson fanfics because people just wanted it to be true so frigging badly.
I bring this conspiracy up in 2019 because it has caught fire once again thanks to Zendaya and a scene from her teen drama show, Euphoria.
During the scene, Zendaya is narrating some Larry Stylinson fanfiction written by one of the show’s main characters. Not only is the fanfic an incredibly, uh, descriptive piece of Harry comforting a nervous Louis before a concert with oral sex, it is all depicted visually through some very striking animation. The fanfic is a bit meh but it at least looks great.
Needless to say that this scene from Euphoria stirred up the buzz (and loins) Larry Stylinson fans and it started blowing up online all over again.
In fact, it caught so much attention that Louis commented on his Twitter that he was not contacted nor does he approve of Euphoria‘s use of the whole Larry Stylinson thing.
Since revisiting some crazy 1D conspiracy from over five years ago isn’t enough tea already, some K-pop stans have decided to chime in with their own conspiracy by trending the hashtag, #harrystylesisgoingtojailparty, on social media.
This secondary conspiracy claims that Harry approved Zendaya’s reading of that Larry Stylinson fanfic and allowed it to be incorporated into Euphoria‘s script. Unsurprisingly, it has stirred the pot something fierce and sparked something potentially terrifying between One Directioners and Kpoppers.
It’s like the boy band fandom equivalent of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object and it’ll only end in a brutal stalemate after oodles of wanton destruction.
This whole #harrystylesisgoingtojailparty thing by Kpop fans came out of nowhere and makes no sense, but it is perhaps best summarised with this tweet:
I have no idea how this whole saga is going to end but my advice is to hole up in a bunker somewhere and avoid the internet for a few days while this whole Larry Stylinson/Kpop vs 1Ders thing blows over.
For what it’s worth, Harry has yet to comment on this whole saga. Make of that what you will.