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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.