Fans of One Direction’s Harry Styles are outraged over recent photographs published by various media sites, which show a hungover Styles throwing up on the side of the road in Los Angeles, following a hard night of partying with fellow British pop star Lily Allen. Dozens of 1D devotees have taken to social media to express their discontent at the publication of the photos, calling it incredibly distasteful and saying it crosses a line in terms of paparazzi obsession.
The pictures in question began circulating the internet on October 15, being published on popular gossip websites such as TMZ and E! Online, as well as various other media outlets. Most sites shared a composite photo of the incident, one picture of Styles getting sick alongside one photo where he clearly realizes he is being photographed and has his eyes on the camera. The second picture is one of the reasons fans have been letting loose about how disrespectful they feel the photos are, as Styles is clearly unimpressed with being photographed at that current time and subsequently has a very unhappy look on his face.
The backlash began to pour in just moments after the pictures began making their way around, with multiple Directioners and even some non-fans putting the media on blast for taking such a vulnerable and unpleasant moment and spreading it around for all to see. Many posters felt that the right thing to do would have been to ask the England native if he was okay or if he needed help, rather than to capture the moment for their own and be on their way. There was even one request by a Twitter user to be given the current location of the paps who snapped the picture, so that they could further question the morality and reasoning behind the decision to not offer help. The man who was in the driver’s seat of the car Styles was travelling in has also been torn into for his role in the incident, which was to similarly photograph it rather than come to his aid. He is said to be a close friend of the 20-year-old, making fans even more enraged about his apparent lack of interest surrounding the sickness of his supposed pal.
Not everyone is viewing the fact that Styles got sick on the side of the road as a complete loss, however, with many of his fans making the bizarre move to commemorate the exact spot that the vomiting took place, viewing it as a kind of historic landmark for their heart-throb hero. Devoted Directioners have erected a sort of makeshift shrine around the spot at which the upset stomach incident took place, by via of a handwritten sign stating that Styles got sick in that very same spot, with the date of the event listed underneath. The sign is accompanied by a picture of Styles mid-vomit, as well as a hand-drawn heart and various other writing professing their love for the star. Some have even gone so far as to try to sell the throw-up online to the highest bidder, a money-grab that was actually very successful as multiple Styles fans tried to outbid each other for the item.
It remains to be seen how Harry Styles feels regarding his fans upset over him being photographed while throwing up on the side of a Los Angeles freeway. The singer himself has yet to give any public statement surrounding the matter.
By Rebecca Grace