One Direction's Liam Payne Tweets Support of 'Duck Dynasty,' Sets Internet on Fire
Liam Payne and girlfriend Sophia Smith (Karwai Tang/WireImage)
One Direction's Liam Payne, 20, is enduring the wrath of the Internet Saturday after tweeting support for "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Willie Robertson, the son of Phil Robertson, who was temporarily suspended from the hit A&E reality show for homophobic remarks.
@williebosshog huge love to you/your family huge respect for your business prosperities and the family values you still all behold. big fan— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne) January 18, 2014
Given the firestorm that was created last month when the elder Robertson made his controversial remarks, Liam's fans immediately took issue with his tweet. Wisely, he responded quickly:
Being a fan of someones show and the way they still hold a family together doesnt mean i am ok with all they say.— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne) January 18, 2014
Well, we guess that's a relief. Still, his reference to "family values" points to the buzz words frequently used when speaking out against homosexuality. And people are quick to remind him of this, including One Direction's well-known supporter, Tyler Oakley.
I'm okay with losing followers over this; I'd rather give LGBT teens support than look the other way & accept bigotry to appease a fanbase.— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) January 18, 2014
And he wasn't the only one:
"I'm sure Liam Payne just really loves the family values of the Duck Dynasty clan and hadn't heard about the anti-gay thing." - an idiot— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) January 18, 2014
Like for real though if that tweet from @Real_Liam_Payne is legit he's made a huge mistake. You realize how many gay fans 1D has, right?— Neil McNeil (@Neil_McNeil) January 18, 2014
@Real_Liam_Payne the views that you're implying that you share with the cast of duck dynasty are disgusting and medieval and really not okay— lacey (@littleberglet) January 18, 2014
This drama caps off a rough week for One Direction, which included Liam causing a stir for posting a photo of himself on the edge of a rooftop.
Unfortunately, Saturday was filled with news of homophobic remarks after "The Bachelor" star Juan Pablo Galavis referred to gay people as "more pervert in a sense" and said a homosexual or bisexual season of his show would be "too hard for TV."
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