According to a recent trending twitter hashtag #RIPLarryShippers, 42 girls who are One Direction fans committed suicide Thursday evening. But why would 1D fans kills themselves, and did anyone actually die? Though it has yet to be officially confirmed, it appears the rumor that One Direction fans are committing suicide is nothing more than a hoax that has gotten way out of hand. Though the number of suicides reported started at 14 it grew to 28 and then 42, and in some cases, we've even seen the number 60 thrown around.
Today we've lost 42 Directioners 42 sisters Our fandom lost 42 beautiful members 42 beautiful girls Rest in peace angels #RIPLarryShippers
— ∞#RIPLarryShippers∞ (@Niallers_mofos) August 16, 2013
So how did this whole #RIPLarryShippers thing get going? It seem One Direction fans were quite upset this week as a new documentary aired on British TV Channel 4l called "Crazy About One Direction." The Channel 4 documentary featured some more extreme members of the 1D fandom, focusing on the bizarre actions of obsessed teens that make up a slice of the massive One Direction fan base.
Watch "Crazy About One Direction" Channel 4 Documentary Trailer
Though more than one report has been written about the hate messages and threats that are sent back and forth between members of the 1D fan base, those using the #RIPLarryShippers hashtag claim this latest documentary has heightened the bullying and abuse and has even caused 42 girls to kill themselves.
#RIPLarryShippers Is Still Trending On Twitter But Did Anyone Actually Die?
Such a serious claim is not something that should be taken lightly by any account so we scoured the Web looking for any form of evidence that these rumored deaths of 42 Larry Shippers might be true. Thus far we have been unable to uncover any reliable accounts that teen fans of 1D have killed themselves over this Channel 4 documentary.
It's been nearly half a day since the #RIPLarryShippers hashtag started trending worldwide on Twitter, yet it is still going strong, with One Direction fans sending message of love and consolation to the reported 42 dead girls known as Larry Shippers.
Who Are Larry Shippers? One Direction Fans Fantasize About A Relationship Between Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson
For those who are unaware of who Larry Shippers are, they comprise a segment of the One Direction fan base that fantasizes about a relationship between leading One Direction members Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. The Larry Shippers fan base originated on Tumblr and, according to various accounts, undergeso much bullying and receive hate messages and death threats on a regular basis — particularly from members of the Eleanor Calder shippers who love the relationship between Louis and his long time girlfriend Eleanor Calder.
The trending twitter hashtag #RIPLarryShippers claims not only that 42 girls have died, but also that the Channel 4 documentary and hate from the Eleanor Calder shippers are to blame.
#Beliebersareherefordirectioners Trends On Twitter As Justin "Beliebers" Reach Out To Grieving One Directioners
With a plethora of photos depicting hateful tweets from the Calder shippers posted to Twitter, it seems the cause garnered the attention of another longtime rival fan group who have often gotten into Twitter spats with One Directioners: the Belieber clan. On Thursday evening, the hashtag #beliebersareherefordirectioners began to trend as the longtime rival clan showed its support for the grieving fans in the Larry Shipper clan.
#beliebersareherefordirectioners we're always here for you guys. pic.twitter.com/yFA5qMJlrj — ℬℯℓιℯℬℯr ♡ (@BiebsStyle) August 16, 2013
I HOPE THIS WILL BE FOREVER #beliebersareherefordirectioners #directionersarehereforbeliebers pic.twitter.com/qYDiyR72AE — ⚓☦ I ƒollow Back ☨ ☭ (@TeamBieberGasm) August 16, 2013
Is One Direction Fandom Going Too Far? Suicide Claims Disturb Louis Tomlinson Causing Him To Speak Out
Though all these Twitter displays of support and affection are heartwarming, the question is: are the warranted? At this point there is no confirmation that any lives have been lost because of the Channel 4 documentary, and truly if 42 girls had committed suicide in one evening the connection would have been made by law enforcement and the reports would be all over the news.
Thus far, nothing can be found regarding these purported deaths and so at this point, we have to assume they are nothing more than a huge Twitter hoax. The hashtag #RIPLarryShippers, however, gathered enough steam that One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson — one of the two One Direction members at the center of Larry shipper fantasies — decided to tweet his concern about what is going on in the One Direction fan base.
"Not really sure what's going on right now I just hope everyone's ok ...Hearing some horrible things... Really hope this isn't true."
The singer, who has often been known to become irritated with the Larry Shippers and their fantasies about a relationship between him and Harry Styles, went on to share these heartfelt tweeted messages.
"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 guys spend all your time on us"
To that he added this comment concerning the Channel 4 documentary in hopes of lifting up the crestfallen fan base and making them feel beautiful again.
"We couldn't give a f*** what any documentary says. They're 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."
Though these tweets are endearing, it doesn't seem to be slowing down the #RIPLarryShippers twitter hoax as even now it is trending high on the worldwide Twitter trends list. Meanwhile, fans and friends of the reportedly 42 dead One Direction fans are planning a way to commemorate the loss of these girls. Here are a few of the ideas that came forth.
RT IF YOU'RE A PART OF THIS FAMILY #RIPLarryShippers pic.twitter.com/PFntycq65d — Thulie Styles (@JanoskiansSoup) August 16, 2013
#riplarryshippers this is absolutely awful, I cant believe this has actually happened, rest in peace all of you ♡ x pic.twitter.com/Vaqf1SUVuD — ❁ ❁ ❁ (@brontebaggottx) August 16, 2013
— b e x & g r a c e (@_weyheyniam_) August 16, 2013
Guys open this and RT. We could save a life. #RIPLarryShippers <3 pic.twitter.com/TQUdLruNj4 — ♡rip Larry shippers♡ (@woahharrreh) August 16, 2013
please rt this, you could save a life #RIPAlan #riplarryshippers pic.twitter.com/1vPjDun30n — emma (@toofabforlouis) August 16, 2013