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Synonyms: PR stunt
See also: Larry is real, Big Gay War, 1DHQ
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In One Direction fandom, stunt is a term that larries use to label any public action or event that they believe is a publicity stunt and not a genuine candid moment. In practice, anything that Harry Styles or Louis Tomlinson does that contradicts larries' belief that the two are in a secret gay relationship will probably be labeled a stunt. Some larries believe that some stunts were actually set up as punishments.[1]

Examples of Stunts

Note that not all larries necessarily agree on everything that has been theorized to be a stunt.[2]

  • Babygate
  • Louis's girlfriend Eleanor being attacked at the LA airport and Louis being arrested for defending her in 2017[3]
  • the photos of Louis and/or Eleanor with their dogs[4]
  • Zayn leaving One Direction, Zayn breaking up with Perrie[5]
  • Haylor
  • all of One Direction's girlfriends

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fan Reactions

Larry fan reactions on Twitter and Tumblr explode around stunts.

Anonymous asked: What do you think will happen related to the haylor stunt once they're out? I'm curious because I'm kind of outraged by how much Taylor exploited the stunt of a "relationship" they had.[6]
Anonymous asked: I know there's no baby and it's all a stunt I'm just worried about how much this is going to compromise Louis' future :/ do you think this is going to end up fine eventually?[7]


  1. According to larrieask: a couple they actively believe gets punished with stunts out of spite for failure to cooperate March 26, 2016
  2. "Personally I think this fandom is far too quick to call every little thing planned and deliberate and strategy and stunt. Sometimes shit just happens, you know?" tumblr post by verily-i-say, Archived version May 21, 2017.
  3. todays1dhistory. Today is one year since Eleanor was attacked at LAX and Louis ran to help her. Tweet. 10:23 AM - 3 Mar 2018. Replies included: Yeah, it was like the biggest stunt., that whole thing was the biggest set-up in the world who are you trying to fool here, I was like what?? And then I realized u meant the most obvious set up ever.
  4. ask answered by thelarrative, Archived version, February 7th 2018. ask answered by thelarrative, Archived version, January 30th 2018.
  5. "Most of those who believe it's a pr stunt say the goal is to make ppl talk about 1d- sell more tickets + rebrand." "I never thought Zayn’s departure was a stunt - the whole breakup/Perrie thing: yes - but him leaving the tour, then the band, then announcing a solo career: I am afraid that is just what it is." anon ask answered by thisiskatsblog, Archived version Apr 1, 2015.
  6. anonymous ask in lapelosa's tumblr, Archived version, 20 January 2016
  7. anonymous ask in lapelosa's tumblr, Archived version, 22 January 2016.