Anti-larrie

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Synonyms: anti-larry, anti, het girl
See also: larrie, big larrie, tinhat
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An anti-larrie is a One Direction fan who publicly disagrees with larries and the conspiracy theory that Larry is real (i.e. that bandmembers Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are in a secret relationship and are contractually obligated by their management to stay in the closet). Larries often refer to anti-larries as antis.[1]

Anti-larries often set up tumblrs specifically devoted to debunking misinformation, writing rebuttals against larrie arguments, and answering anon asks (many of them from larries). Another major theme of anti-larry blogs is calling out offensive and harassing behavior of larries, especially the harassment of 1D members' real-life girlfriends and families. As of 2016, another discussion topic is dissecting how larries maintain their belief in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. According to antis, larries live in an information bubble, reinforcing each other's views and refusing to seek out or trust alternate viewpoints; news about 1D is believed to the extent that it supports their conclusions and disbelieved to the extent that it contradicts Larry.

Anti-larrie blogs tend to have names like whylarryisntreal and debunklarry.

Some anti-larries are former larries.

Shipping

The designations anti-larrie and anti-larry are ambiguous, suggesting opposition to the ship. (This ambiguity is consistent with other larrie terms such as het girl and their usage of shipping as synonymous with tinhatting[2].) In practice, anti-larries may or may not ship Larry Stylinson or any other combination of 1D bandmembers as fictional pairings. However, many larries equate being against the conspiracy theory with being against the ship. For example, in answering an anon ask about why people set up anti-larry blogs, the-counter-narrative wrote:

I do want to clear up one misunderstanding that you seem to have. Disagreeing with Larrie theories about Larry being real, is not the same thing as being against a ship. In fact, many of us ship Larry. I think you probably have the misconception which is common among Larries that what you are doing is shipping. It is not. It is Tinhatting.[3]

Other Fans' Views

A lot of other fans, larries and non-larries, think that antis are wasting their time trying to change larries' minds.[4]

An ex larrie recalls,

I remember being told over and over again, countless times, that all antis are het girls who are just homophobic. I was told that being an anti meant that you fight against anyone that would think Louis/Harry are gay because gays are wrong.[5]

In addition, larries often see antis' attempts to argue with them as bullying and harassment. Certainly non-larries, probably including anti-larries, have made fun of larry theories on social media. Anyone ridiculing larries could be seen as an anti-larry blog, though as such they are engaging in a different activity from the debunking blogs (see for example larrieparody). Many non-larries have been outspoken in their anger toward or disgust with larries. However, many anti-larries criticize what they see as yet another attempt on the part of larries to demonize the opposition.

Larries have also characterized antis' behavior as weird and obsessive since they appear to devote a large chunk of their free time on a community that they don't like.

Big larries have blocked anti-larrie blogs so that antis cannot reblog their posts. Anti-larries claim that big larries do this to control their followers' access to information, so that other larries won't be exposed to visible counter-arguments in the reblogs; at least one big larrie countered by claiming that it was for her own peace of mind[6], although in the same post she reframed anti-larries' criticism of larries harassing 1D as antis claiming that shipping/tinhatting Larry is "disrespectful"[7] so her post may in fact be a prime example of the manipulative disingenuousness that antis accuse big larries of.

In a February 2016 tumblr reblog, lrambling commented that the vast majority of the fandom probably didn't pay any attention to either anti-larries or larries.[8]

References

  1. "Ugh, they are so wrong about everything. Why on earth would we choose to call ourselves ‘antis’? That’s a label larries gave us." tumblr post, archived, by im-on-fire-now, posted September 15, 2015.
  2. For example: "i get sad when people say they stopped shipping Larry because it became too much of a 'conspiracy' for them. Like, it’s a forbidden gay romance in a multi-million dollar pop band, the fuck did you think you were getting into?". untitled tumblr post by becomingkait, Archived version, 15 October 2015.
  3. ANTI LARRY BLOGS ACTUALLY EXIST LIKE THIS ISNT HATE BUT I CANNOT BELI EVE THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY RUN BLOGS AGAINST A RELATIONSHIP ???!, Archived version, answered by the-counter-narrative on tumblr, 13 September 2015.
  4. "Some people ask me why I do it because they think it’s hopeless and I’m just looking for trouble but like you said I can’t let them get away with that behavior." reblog by springstylers, Archived version, 12 February 2016.
  5. A Post About My Time in the Larrie Fandom by stylininmi, posted to tumblr March 7, 2016.
  6. "I don’t feel like engaging you in a discussion. I don’t. I just feel like blocking you so you can’t do it again and I don’t have to keep seeing your URL." PSA, Archived version, tumblr post by worshippedlove, 10 February 2016.
  7. "Your ‘you’re being disrespectful’ arguments, have also been considered and dismissed. We thought about it, we don’t agree. MOVE ON." PSA, Archived version, tumblr post by worshippedlove, 10 February 2016.
  8. "The majority of fandom doesn’t care about debunks, and debunk or call out posts don’t get a lot of notes." reblog by lrambling of a post by bulletproofhalo, Archived version, 8 February 2016.