August 16, 2013


Liam Payne & 1D Fans Lash Out at 'Crazy About One Direction' Film

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Robert Marquardt/Getty Images

GQ staffers can breathe easily again. One Direction's more excitable fans have turned their Twitter fury toward a new target: The makers of an unauthorized One Direction documentary that aired on Britain's Channel 4 Thursday night.

The Twitter response from fans on both sides of the Atlantic—many of whom hadn't actually watched the show—was overwhelming negative. Fans accused the people behind Crazy About One Direction of portraying Directioners as, well, crazy (about One Direction, to be exact).

But for some reason, what would normally be a swift-but-forgettable Twitter backlash soon turned dark. Multiple fans tweeted unsubstantiated claims that dozens of Directioners called Larry Shippers—people who believe Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are secretly in a gay relationship—had committed suicide as a result of the documentary.

While there are no verified reports of fans committing Harry-kiri as a result of this documentary (or any other One Direction-related event), that lack of evidence didn't stop hundreds of fans from targeting the British TV channel that ran the documentary on Twitter, calling them "hateful" and "murderers."

The Twitter furor even reached 1D's Liam Payne, who tweeted, "Hearing some horrible things, really hope this isn't true" at the fans. And he had this to say to the makers of Crazy About One Direction: "We couldn't give a f--k what any documentary says, they're dramatized for entertainment and full of bullsh-t anyway."

The UK channel that aired the documentary defended its made-for-TV movie in a statement: "Both Channel 4 and the film makers took the utmost care to produce a documentary with genuine affection and respect for the 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."

You can watch the trailer below to get a glimpse of a 1D documentary not directed by Morgan Spurlock.