• Fri, Aug 16 - 4:50 pm ET

I’m Hoping This Rumor About One Direction Fans Committing Suicide Is A Hoax

One Direction fansThere’s been something disturbing trending on Twitter off-and-on today, and I’m really hoping it’s a hoax or a misguided joke, because if not, it’s very scary. It’s the hashtag #RIPlarryshippers, and I should explain where it comes from.

As you may recall, about a week ago a documentary came out about One Direction fans that painted them in an extremely negative light. And not for nothing, either. The movie is filled with such rabid Directioners that they brag about being willing to kill for the band. So charming. I love having my life threatened by tweens for not being as obsessed with 1D music as they are.

But obviously not all One Direction fans are like that, or even most, and many spoke out on Twitter and other social networks about being devastated by the way they were portrayed in the documentary. They were embarrassed, ashamed, and angry, and if you believe the rumors, some even became suicidal.

According to this #RIPlarryshippers hashtag, a group of Directioners committed suicide after being portrayed as ‘crazy’ and ‘psychotic’. ‘Larry’ comes from the combination of Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles‘ names, with ‘shippers’ coming from a shortening of the word ‘worshippers’. The number of these suicidal fans started at twelve, then rose to twenty-eight, and is now at or around forty-two. As the rest of the fan base started spreading these numbers around, it has prompted supportive, apologetic tweets from other fan bases, specifically Beliebers, who I guess traditionally make a point of disliking Directioners.

The rumor has been pervasive enough that even Liam Payne has responded to it, tweeting earlier today:

 

 

It’s my belief that this is just an inappropriate hoax gaining traction, but regardless, it’s still not okay. Because as scary as it is to threaten to murder others for not liking the same band you like, it’s even scarier to imagine that these same kids are throwing around the idea of suicide and allowing a documentary to affect their opinions of themselves that strongly.

So please, whoever you are, whether you’re a Directioner, a Belieber, a Lovatic, a Selenator, or all or none of the above, don’t let the internet be this important to you. Surround yourself with real live people who share your interests, not the bullying anonymous voices you find online. I promise it’ll make you much happier in the long run.

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  • Olivia Wilson

    I saw this trending on Twitter and I was so horrified at the idea.

  • Rose

    That documentary was absolutely ridiculous and patrozing. It publicly humiliated fans. And about the suicide rumor. I saw a lot of “hate tweets” towards fans, and I really can’t understand how a person can tell other people to kill themselves for believing in something (I was shocked because it came from fans of the band). Most of fans are so young and sensitive and it scares me that they would take this hate seriously. But I really really hope it’s not true.
    Shame on you, Channel4 for making this just for the sake of ratings.

  • Muggle

    I… er… what. Oh my god, SO many things wrong with this article. You’ve never been part of a fandom, have you?

    For some reason fans of certain bands get a LOT of hate if those bands are super-popular among teenage girls. All kinds of lies and hoaxes get passed around to bully fans and terrify their parents. You, dear author, are not helping one bit. While some fans can certainly be obsessive and psychotic, that is by no means reflective of the entire fanbase.

    If you’d actually done your research and looked into the origin of the tweets, there’s a picture going around of a teenage boy bloody and beaten, saying he was attacked for being a male Belieber. One Directioner sympathetic to Beliebers then tacked on a caption explaining that a bunch of other Directioners had died as a result of the bullying that resulted from the program. Quite frankly I’m not all that surprised that so many fans may have committed suicide, if they were bullied as a result of a disgustingly inaccurate “documentary” that served to slander teenage girls by picking out the craziest people possible. They probably didn’t kill themselves because of the program itself. Though I also believe that the whole thing is a hoax meant to troll fans, but wound up tricking fans of other bands. It’s disgusting either way.

    Also, you totally missed what shippers really are. They’re not worshippers. What the actual fuck? I’ve been part of various fandoms for YEARS, I thought the etymology behind the word “shippers” was clear by now through a simple Google search. It does not come from “worshippers.” Why the hell would people “worship” two members of a band enough to blend their names together? “Shippers” are people who want a relationship between two characters/celebrities, and/or are convinced there’s something more than friendship going on. The term comes from “relationship” not “worship.” It started from the fanfiction community and spread into fandoms proper.

    • whatthehelldidijustread

      You seriously need to take a chill pill.

    • http://sarahhollowell.com/ Sarah Hollowell

      They’re right about the “shippers” thing, though. The “worshippers” thing is actually not even remotely true. It’s when they ship people. Like relationship.

    • Kole

      Indeed.

    • Kole

      Voted up just due to the “shippers” portion.

  • Anonymous directioner

    I happen to be a member of this fandom and I can assure you that at least forty directioners have indeed killed themselves after this. Many of us were already bullied online and in real life, and this documentary was absolutely horrifying. I watched the video, and cried even though I am not a larry shipper. Channel four is being sued by Modest Managment for slander charges.