#RIPLarryShippers started trending late Thursday evening after a sect of One Direction fans — "Larry Shippers" — posted angry and sad messages to Channel 4 for it's recent uncomplimentary film about them. One Direction fans tweeted that reportedly, 42 or more girls killed themselves in a trending Twitter hoax driven by the hashtag #RIPLarryShippers. The documentary film produced by Channel 4 of the UK came out showing extreme examples of 1D fandom gone wild, and Larry Shippers, along with other One Direction fans, claim the film is to blame for the purported deaths of 42 1D fans. Now Channel 4 is speaking out about their intentions in creating the film, hoping to ease the pain and help these young fans move on.
Channel 4 Documentary Leads To Girls Killing Themselves? "Crazy About One Direction" Features Extreme 1D Fandom
The Channel 4 documentary, "Crazy About One Direction" showed various sides of the One Direction fan base but focused on the most extreme aspects of the massive following, including girls who hunt down the singers in their dressing rooms, tweet messages about dead relatives to gain a recognizing tweet from one of the boys, and send hate spewing at those who seek to take their boys away from them. One such example given in the film was the extreme amount of hatred that was dished to Taylor Swift while she dated Harry Styles.
Since the documentary aired, angry One Direction fans — particularly of the sect, Larry Shippers — claim the documentary not only made them look bad, but also increased the amount of persecution, bullying and hate messages they've received for loving the One Direction boys.
Larry Shippers Claim Hate Messages Increased Because of Channel 4 Documentary: What Is A Larry Shipper?
Larry Shippers reportedly have been hit especially hard as they are a smaller sect who imagine a relationship between Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson and have renamed them "Larry Stylinson". Because they "ship" these two together in a romantic relationship, they are known as Larry Shippers. The group started out on Tumblr and has found itself at odds with any number of other fan bases, including a sect right inside of the One Direction fandom. It seems those who favor the relationship between Louis Tomlinson and his long-time girlfriend Eleanor Calder also "ship" these two and have become enemies of the Larry Shippers, dishing up much hate for the opposing sect.
Now that this Channel 4 documentary has emerged making the more bizarre elements of One Direction fandom visible to the rest of the world, The Twitter hashtag #RIPLarryShippers claims 42 girls in counting have committed suicide as a result of the light Channel 4 shed on their fandom.
One Directioners Say Channel 4 "Broke Their Fandom" Tweeting Angry Reactions To The Film "Crazy About One Direction."
Fans of the One Direction claim the documentary "Broke their fandom" and is responsible for the reported deaths. Here are just a few of the tweets which demonstrate One Direction fans' disdain for the British television Channel 4 and it's latest documentary.
"[I'm] telling my boyfriend I'm not watching anything with him on Channel 4, staying true to Directioners" -- @alishaaaaa1D
"#RIPLarryShippers I can't believe the documentary nice job channel four... 40+ suicides from our fandom." -- @emygrace03
"@ForeverEmblem3r there is a documentary where told shit about us, we were treated as mental ill, and we are not so" -- @FranForever21
"I'm supposed to do chores but I'm crying over that stupid documentary. Like those girls are NOT US. How can they do that to us?" -- @StudentNiallH
Channel 4 Addresses Complaints Concerning "Crazy About One Direction" Documentary
Despite the angry messages from One Direction fans, Channel 4 reports that there was no harm meant in the production of their documentary an in fact, that the movie producers had taken "utmost care" in creating the film.
In a blog post Friday morning Channel 4 wrote:
"The Channel 4 documentary followed a number of fans who, by their own admission, are obsessive about the band ... Whilst not suggesting that the girls featured represent all 1D fans, it examines the impact social media has had on teenage fandom and how it has developed a new form of idol worship for many teenage girls."
The post went on to note, "Both Channel 4 and the film makers took the utmost care to produce a documentary with genuine affection and respect for the fans."
According to Channel 4, the company has is received around 600 emailed complaints email, in addition the to incredible number of tweets, Facebook and Tumblr posts bashing the film.
One Direction Singers Liam Payne And Louis Tomlinson Tweet Responses To Channel 4 Documentary
The outrage of the One Direction fandom has even lead the boys of the One Direction crew to tweet their own thoughts on the documentary, in hopes of consoling the shaken Larry Shippers and other One Direction fans.
Upon first hearing of the reported One Direction fan deaths, Louis Tomlinson tweeted this message:
""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 ... 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."
Adding to that, on Friday Morning, One Direction star Liam Payne tweeted this message,
"We couldn't give a f*** what any documentary says ... there dramatised for entertainment and full of bulls*** anyway we all know"
This seemed to console a few One Direction fans like @theperfectnarry who tweeted this message
"The boys know that this documentary was bulls****. Thank god"
Unfortunately it seems the One Direction fan twitter death hoax is far from over as the hashtag #RIPLarryShippers continues to trend on an off throughout the morning on Twitter.
Is #RIPLarryShippers Just A Hoax? No Reports Available To Validate Death Claims
At this time we've still seen no validating reports that show any One Direction fans have killed themselves as a result of the Channel 4 documentary, and if none ever surfaces #RIPLarryShippers may soon become one of the biggest Twitter hoaxes to trend for so long worldwide.
As more information is learned we will continue to provide updates on the reported deaths of 42 girls who dubbed themselves Larry Shippers.
Twitter Responses To 42 One Direction Fan Death Claims" #RIPLarryShippers
— Vicky∞ (@Vickyloves1D1) August 16, 2013
TWITTER SILENCE TONIGHT, IN REMEMBERANCE OF THE LARRY SHIPPERS PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD #RIPLARRYSHIPPERS pic.twitter.com/IeqUGw1UhW — ZAYN MALIK. (@eyyonedirection) August 16, 2013
— Ivana Styles (@ivanastyles26) August 16, 2013
They were all beautiful and didn't deserve the hate they got. But now they'll never know it. #RIPLarryShippers pic.twitter.com/tT8gISUZUE — “#RIPLarryShippers.” (@realniallophile) August 16, 2013
“@LuvooNiall: this has all gone so far, we're supposed to be family