Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson in graphic animated sex scene on HBO’s ‘Euphoria’

Emma Powys Maurice July 2, 2019
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Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson in an animated sex scene narrated by Zendaya (HBO/Euphoria)

HBO’s new teen drama Euphoria has created an uproar after featuring a passionate animated sex scene between former One Direction members Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.

The two have long been ‘shipped’ together in fan-fiction stories imagining a secret gay relationship, although Styles and Tomlinson have always insisted the fantasy was never going to happen.

But the latest episode of Euphoria, titled “Made You Look,” has left Stylinson fans more than satisfied with a racy NC-17-rated scene showing the two men giving oral sex and having sex backstage at a concert.

The imagined scene is narrated by the actress and singer, Zendaya.

The animated series also stars Maude Apatow, Barbie Ferreira, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Alordi, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney, Austin Abrams and Colman Domingo.

Many One Direction fans slammed HBO for airing the scene without Styles or Tomlinson’s prior knowledge or permission, calling it “uncomfortable,” “disrespectful” and “disgusting.”

@7rings4harry said she hoped HBO is sued:

While @kiszystyles said:

@justjnanitho and @_louiswift added:

Styles has yet to respond to the fan fury, but Tomlinson simply tweeted: “I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it.”

But others on Twitter have questioned fans’ outrage, pointing out that they were the ones who created the Louis-Harry ship in the first place.

In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, one of Euphoria‘s starring actors Barbie Ferreira said she was a huge fan of One Direction and explained why the Louis-Harry ship storyline meant so much to her.

“When I first read the script, that was the first thing that popped out to me, because I can relate to that as a 22-year-old woman who lived through the One Direction age,” she said.

“It’s such a reality for so many people, and so many children and teens that are fans just have this escapist world. You completely give yourself to this persona of a person you don’t even know, or five guys, and imaging the way they interact the escaping from your own reality.

“It’s really interesting to me because I was definitely a part of that, where I wanted to escape my own life and focus on others because it was easier and felt more meaningful.”

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