Oh yes, I think you’re right about what Liam said (well, he said “trife,” I think, but he meant “tripe,” which unlike “trife,” is a word). Thanks!
Okay, so it’s actually:
Journalist: Just about the obsession of the fans, because I was watching this Channel 4 documentary, and it’s amazing, like, there was this girl who got braces just because of you, and some girls think that Harry and Louis have a relationship, and something like – it’s amazing the level of obsession. How do you guys deal with this level of obsession, you know?
Liam: To be honest, I think that’s why we wanted to make this movie, I mean, we all think the fans are amazing, and the amount and level of dedication that they show is just, you know, second to none, they’re the best fans in the world, so, I think that was a load of tripe.
Louis: It’s better just to ignore shit like that, and it’s easy for us to do it, so.
Niall: We’ll just bring out the one that really shows them off.
Which makes me MORE inclined to think, actually, that the “shit” Louis was referring to was the documentary. When I thought Liam was saying “a better try,” I thought he was saying that their own movie would be a better reflection on the fans than the documentary was. And thus I could understand the interpretation that says Louis’s answer was calling back to the journalist’s examples – the question wasn’t quite as attenuated, and Liam hadn’t rejected the very premise of the question quite as explicitly. But now that I know that Liam concluded his answer by calling the documentary bullshit? It makes all the more sense for Louis to have immediately followed up by saying, “yeah, we just ignore that kind of bullshit” – meaning the bullshit Liam was talking about one second earlier. (And less sense for Louis to have said, “no but actually some of our fans do in fact do some bullshit stuff.”)
I don’t understand what makes you think Liam was saying that shipping Larry is a load of tripe. His entire answer was a swerve. He rejected the very premise of the journalist’s question, which was basically, “How do you deal with crazy fans, as evidenced in this one documentary?” and essentially answered, “No, that documentary was bullshit, because our fans are awesome, so we’re making a movie that shows that our fans are the best in the world.” Your interpretation means that he was trying to say…what? “No, that documentary was bullshit, because our fans are awesome, so we’re making a movie that shows that our fans are the best in the world, but also the documentary was right on that one thing and some of our fans say some bullshit stuff actually”? I don’t get it. Either he rejected the premise of the question or he didn’t. There’s no rhetorical indication that he was doing both simultaneously.
Liam also clearly says something “was” a load of tripe – not “is.” He’s referring to a specific thing – something in the past. That would make no sense as applied to Larry shippers. It would make perfect sense as applied to a documentary that had recently been aired.
So when Liam said “load of tripe,” he was talking exclusively about the way other people talk about their fans. And I love him for it.
And I think that Louis was saying that it’s better to ignore it when people talk shit about 1D fans – and I love him for that too.