One Direction documentary drives twitter rumours of multiple fan suicides
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In the aftermath of GQcovergate, the world’s media have tentatively danced around One Direction’s legions of militant fans, or ‘directioners’. However, following a controversial Channel 4 documentary about the band’s more specific breeds of groupie, such as the obscure demimonde of 'Larry Shippers' and stalkers, the directioners have mobilised once more, leaving Twitter awash with rumours and rage. ‘Crazy about One Direction’ prompted an outpouring of outrage as fans felt they had been unfairly depicted as crazed stalkers rather than loyal music fans. The documentary followed the lives of 1D’s most dedicated, and arguably deranged, sect of its far reaching fandom. ‘Crazy about One Direction’ offered bewildered audiences no-holds-barred access to the antics of die-hard fans who claimed they would kill cats to meet the boys, had sent abuse to Taylor Swift and one fan even got braces to copy a band member. Many took to Twitter in droves decrying their mistreatment at the hands of the channel, arguing that it did not offer a fair representation of 1D fans - and #ThisIsNotUs began to trend. Yet, the thunderous clout of online fury gave way to darker accusations of fan suicides in the wake of the unsympathetic representation of ‘Larry Shippers’, a subsection who have constructed a slightly sordid narrative of illicit romance between Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. It was claimed that 42 ‘Larry Shippers’ took their lives due to the trauma of seeing the documentary. One fan bemoaned the loss of: ’42 fans. 42 directioners. 42 Larry Shippers. 42 sisters.’
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