One Direction’s Liam Payne’s Twitter support for the Duck Dynasty clan on Saturday has roiled fans, a reaction he clearly did not expect. Payne blames the media for writing about his tweet. (Think about that for a minute.)
Payne’s tweet (which has since been deleted) said, “@williebosshog huge love to you/your family huge respect for your business prosperities (sic) and the family values you still all behold. big fan.” Shortly after sending this out into the ether, it was retweeted over 10,000 times.
Fans were confused and angered by Payne’s tweet. They took to Twitter and Tumblr to vent their fury, apparently not considering that Payne is just one of millions of viewers who watch the daily lives of the duck whistler empire family. The only difference is, he’s famous and he tweeted about it, which makes his tweet public for all to see. (See that, he needed no help from the media.) Some fans questioned whether they could continue being One Direction fans knowing Payne supports a backwoods family in Louisiana.
The Duck Dynasty family has been dealing with the fallout caused by patriarch Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments in a GQ interview in December. The fifth season premiere aired Jan. 15, with 8.5 million viewers tuning in, a high number but lower than their fourth season premiere last August. There does not appear to be any comment from the family regarding whether One Direction’s Liam Payne showing his Twitter support for Duck Dynasty has roiled Payne’s fans.
Payne, 20, responded to the backlash from fans and detractors, tweeting that watching a show does not necessarily equate to agreeing with the beliefs of the Duck Dynasty family. He also unleashed his rage at the media after being called a homophobe and “disgusting,” saying the media makes up stories, and hones in on the minutiae of his life. But this was only the start of a meltdown that would result in several tweets throughout Saturday night.
About six hours after he tweeted his explanation about his support of Duck Dynasty, Payne sent out about 11 tweets in under 25 minutes, railing against journalists and how they feed off famous people by watching with eagle eyes at every little thing celebrities do. In Payne’s case, he said he can’t watch a show or eat dinner without a journalist creating a story out of it: “I just watched a show and I liked it as most people do stop sitting in my twitter and do your research #lazyjournos.” He made sure to tweet that his comment was meant for journalists and bloggers not One Direction fans. The hashtag #lazyjournos began trending around the world.
This isn’t the first time the teen idol has upset One Direction fans. Payne was recently forced to apologize to fans on Twitter after he had tweeted a photo of himself standing on the roof of a 34-floor building. This upset many, who thought maybe Payne was considering suicide. He apologized, calling his stunt “stupid and irresponsible,” and told fans not to repeat the stunt in the photo, which he subsequently deleted. One Direction’s band members have not commented on Liam Payne’s Twitter support for the Duck Dynasty clan that has roiled their fans.
By Juana Poareo