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1D Ship Wars #3 - Larry vs. Elounor

My hands,
Your hands
Tied up
Like two ships.

Drifting
Weightless.
Waves try to break it.
I'd do anything to save it.
Why is it so hard to say it?
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I'm sorry if I say, "I need you."
But I don't care,
I'm not scared of love.
'Cause when I'm not with you I'm weaker.
Is that so wrong?
Is it so wrong
That you make me strong?


(Lyrics from STRONG, AKA the Larry Song)
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So anyway, as I have said, Larry (Louis Tomlinson/Harry Styles) is the elephant in the room for 1D shipping, and it drives all the battles. The oldest, and probably most important war is Larry vs. Elounor (Louis Tomlinson/Eleanor Calder).

Full disclosure, I'm not a Larry expert. And researching Larry turns out to be a bitch. I just wanted to piece together a simple timeline showing what happened and when, which I thought should be an easy enough task. However, even though there are enumerable resources available on Tumblr and YouTube, these masterposts and proof videos tend to be extremely detailed and filled with minutia down to the level of who glanced longingly at whom during any given day of any given year between 2010 and the present. I'm not kidding. Some of these Masterposts are enormous, but cover only a single month. There can be 20 pages just talking about the damn tattoos. LOL So, anyway, I did the best I could. I'm sure most LS would find this summary lacking.

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To cut to the chase, the Larry ship, circa August 2014 is hanging on four pillars.

1. The handy Management Conspiracy Theory
2. Tattoos
3. Song lyrics
4. Miscellaneous "secret messages" from Harry, Louis, the other boys, family members, other celebrities, and random people on social media. This includes various porn sites and blind gossip items.

I'm not sure that Elounor is doing much better to be honest. They still claim to be together, but they are not seen together very often. (And that would actually be understandable given how much shit they've gotten...)

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So here is the tale of how we got here... the Larry/Elounor Narrative (2010 - Present)

1. The Larry origin myth - Harry and Louis met in a bathroom at the X-Factor Bootcamp in July of 2010. Their first words to each other were "Oops", and "Hi". It was mutual love from the start. To underscore this, Harry has a "Hi" tattoo, and Louis has an "Oops" tattoo. You will find that tattoos are incredibly important clues for Larry, Ziam and Zerrie shippers on their quest for evidence.

2. LS place great significance on the moment that the band was formed. Harry and Louis immediately engaged in a big, cute hug. LS believe Larry love was evident from the start.

Larry at Formation <--Larry at the Formation...

3. The couple's supposed anniversary is Feb 2.

Larry 1{C}{C}{C}

4. Eleanor Calder was introduced as Louis' girlfriend in Sept. 2011. And from that moment on she became a lightning rod for Larry shipper's attacks in an endless effort to disprove the validity of Elounor. These attacks continue to this day. Eleanor is derided as a hired "beard" brought on by management to insulate Louis from gay rumors. (Keep in mind, Eleanor is not a celebrity. Until just a few months ago, she was an ordinary college student, except that she happened to be dating a member of One Direction. She is currently 22 years old, as is Louis.)

Elounor 2011

5. Oct. 2, 2011 Louis tweets one of his most famous tweets to Harry. Larry Shippers believe that the purpose of the tweet was to reassure Harry of his love, despite the full scale "bearding" which was now in progress with Eleanor. (i.e. this is a "secret message".)

Louis Always In My Heart


6. Despite the existence of Elounor, the year 2012 was the Larry's Prime Time. The rumors persist for the entire year, even as Louis and Eleanor continue to make frequent appearances together both on tour and in England.

Larry 2012  Aren&apos;t they all <-- typical 2012 Larry

Larry 3 <-- They really were quite shippy

Elounor Starbuck Date <--Meanwhile Louis and Elounor became famous for their Starbucks dates. And LS still insist that they don't hold hands properly. Sigh.

Elounor 2012 Olympics <-- One of their most famous dates was at the 2012 Olympics.

7. On Sept 16, 2012, Louis unleashed his other most famous tweet, known as The Bullshit Tweet, shown below. Larry shippers do not take this as a denial of Larry, and they blame Management for forcing Louis to do it. (Of course they do...) More specifically, they believe that Management controls the boys Twitter accounts and sometimes sends out "straight" sounding tweets to make sure everyone knows how straight the boys are. Basically, if a tweet makes a boy sound straight, and/or NOT GAY, LS will say MM! did it.

Louis Bullshit Tweet

8. In 2013, a noticeable change came over Larry. Their interactions fell off dramatically, starting around the time of the Bullshit Tweet. The close interactions evaporated. They became stiff and awkward during their shows.

Larry 2 <-- This is about the best they can do for 2013 Larry pictures. They usually aren't even seated together.

There are dueling explanation for this. ES believe that Louis had become particularly fed up with the whole Larry thing, and that it had taken a toll on his large family and on his relationship with El. Louis has seven younger siblings, the oldest of whom is 16. There were some incidents in which his younger sisters were harassed by Larry Shippers on social media. It should be noted that during these incidents, the girls have always stood by Eleanor. LS shippers do not take the Tomlinson girls' denials as true. They believe that the entire family, including children as young as eight years old are "under contract" with MM! who requires them to cover up the truth of Larry. LS believe that Larry behavior has changed because MM! has enforced a LOCK DOWN on Harry and Louis.

Weeping Larry <-- Look what popped up on Tumblr just yesterday. God bless Tumblr.


9. Elounor continued Starbucks dates pretty much throughout 2013.

10. In 2014, the Larry trend of being very distant from each other continues even stronger. In fact, Harry now spends most of his free time living in Los Angeles, where he owns a house. Louis continues to live in London and Doncaster, England.

On stage they continue their non-interaction:

Larry far apart

Larry in concert going opposite ways


11. On the 2014 Elounor front, sightings have also become rare. In fact, Louis and Eleanor were hardly seen together for most of this year. And Eleanor, who was initially very active on social media, including with fans, has grown largely silent. However, she has been pictured quite often with members of Louis' family. (Elounor appearances did increase this summer, especially after Louis' involvement in the infamous Weed Scandal. (I wrote a whole thing about that. It was fun.)

Eleanor at football game <-- El hanging with the Tomlinson girls at Louis' football match earlier this year.



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So that brings us current. There is virtually NO LARRY, either on stage or in real life. Harry and Louis seem to be spending their free time on separate continents. Eleanor has virtually disappeared from social media, and doesn't engage with the fans. (And I wouldn't either if I were her.)

Now, remember those four pillars I noted above?  This is how Larry continues to thrive...

Management Conspiracy

The fact that Harry and Louis are now the only pair of the five band mates who do not interact on stage is very interesting. Ziam interacts a lot on stage, sometimes blatantly flirtatious. There is also a ton of Narry. But any given 1D concert will probably have Niam, Lilo, Lirry, Ziall, Zarry, Nouis and Zouis too! The whole modus operendi of this band is to flirt with the audience and with each other. (They have to do something because they sure don't dance.)

So, Ironically, this lack of interaction is now one of LS's chief arguments supporting Larry reality. Especially in contrast to Ziam. They believe that Larry was locked down because it is real, but Ziam was not locked down because it isn't. Such is the magic of the Management Conpiracy Theory. Up is Down. Left is Right. Bad is Good.


Tattoos

The second major pillar supporting Larry in the current environment is... Tattoos.

Since 2013 Harry and Louis have been accumulating tattoos which LS claim are matching. I'd probably miss some if I try to run through them all, so I'll just present this fanart, from Tumblr. (I'm sure there are plenty others that are missing here.)

Tats Overall

You'll see the "oops and "hi" appears. And that there are several nautical themed tattoos as well.

Which brings up the third pillar that LS uses to support their ship...

Song Lyrics

Quick example of that from the first stanza of Strong (The Larry Song quoted above):

My hands,
Your hands
Tied up
Like two ships.


Harry has a tattoo of two hands tied together, and another one of a ship. Louis has a compass. Harry has an anchor. Louis has a rope... etc. So, the tattoos and song lyrics work together to create one big SECRET MESSAGE for those in the know...

LS have claimed several songs on the most recent album as Larry Songs. Strong and Happily are the two obvious. They also originally claimed You & I, but Ziam have solid claim to that one now for reasons that will be revealed next section.

I would also be remiss to not mention a song from the Take Me Home album: They Don't Know About Us (Such a tantalizing title...)

Here is the chorus:
They don’t know about the things we do
They don’t know about the "I love you"’s
But I bet you if they only knew (they don't know)
They would just be jealous of us,
They don’t know about the up all nights
They don’t know I've waited all my life
Just to find a love that feels this right
Baby they don’t know about, they don’t know about us



Interestingly, this song has never been performed in concert, despite it's popularity.  LS believe that MANAGEMENT forbids the boys to sing this in concert because it hits to close too home.  They also believe that Harry and Louis wrote the song even though they did not.  Neither Harry Styles nor Louis Tomlinson has a song writing credit for this song.  But time and time again, LS repeat that Larry wrote the song...  (Girls, the writing credits are right there on the album.  No Louis.  No Harry.  They didn't write it...)

Secret Messages

Everything actually comes down to secret messages.  The songs, the tattoos, even the lack of interaction is all a big message reassuring the True Believers that Larry is Real.  Every single tweet is hyper analyzed for Larry messages.  Its' all pretty whack.

One last example:

Larry oops shirt

Louis in an "OOPS" sweatshirt.  Now don't you tell me these boys don't know where their bread is buttered...

Pssst... Larry and Ziam fans buy records and perfume and cookies and stuff... ;)

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Damn, this ended up as convoluted as some of those Tumblr Master Posts. LOL. Larry isn't an easy subject at all.  Next one will be easier if only because Ziam is more fun, at least for me.  ::ducking::   So I've decided to move the discussion of recent events to the Girlfriends section which is part 5.

Final Disclaimer:

To be fair, I will say that it is possible that Louis and Eleanor's three year relationship has been an elaborate ruse. I don't know, and I acknowledge that the practice of having fake girlfriends to cover gay celebrities does exist.

However, as I said in my initial post, I don't personally feel it's right to assume that Louis is lying, just because you want him to be in love with his bandmate. I'll give Louis the benefit if the doubt, and if it turns out that he's lying, that will be on him, not me. LS will have to deal with that too, though they no doubt will pin it all on MM! LOL.

Comments

( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
noybusiness
Aug. 15th, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
I can't believe people waste their time on these theories. It's probably the same people who read tabloids. I'm always amazed that there are people who read tabloids, but there must be for them to still be in business.
cujoy
Aug. 16th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
I think that they got caught up in it back in 2012, and they just seem to be stuck there, unable to move on. The level of investment is just so intense.

I think that, to a degree, both pairings encourage the shippers. (Like Louis wearing that Oops shirt.) I think they know what they are doing.
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