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One Direction’s Liam Payne took heat on Saturday after turning to Twitter to express support for “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson.
Payne indicated that he is a “big fan” and sent out “huge love” to Robertson, adding that he has “huge respect for your business prosperities and the family values you still all behold.”
@ huge love to you/your family huge respect for your business prosperities and the family values you still all behold. big fan
That didn’t sit well with some on the Internet.
Openly gay YouTube personality Tyler Oakley — who has over one million followers — hit back, saying he was “very confused and disappointed.”
Wow. Very confused and disappointed by this @ tweet. This literally changes everything... http://t.co/aQajQdJhfQ
“This literally changes everything,” he added in his tweet.
If you defend someone actively supporting bigotry, homophobia, and ignorance, we're not on the same wavelength to even have a discussion.
I live for the ignorance in my replies right now. I've never seen so many tweens telling me to kill myself and to leave the fandom. Amazing.
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.
Payne quickly issued a follow-up tweet, aiming to clarify what he meant.
Being a fan of someones show and the way they still hold a family together doesnt mean i am ok with all they say.
Then, Payne unleashed.
Oh my god can someone literally not be a fan if a show without bring labeled WTf I bought dinner the other day it made a news story
What I gotta do to please you bastards I'm a 20 year old just living life as you did when u where twenty but in extraordinary circumstances
I can't do anything without being judged u try that and write about it
And I know I'm playing into your hands writing these tweets but I'm sick of stupid stories it's time you all grow up
And write about things that actually matter not what im gunna have for dinner tomorrow or who I'm a fan if real stories
Look at this shit I never said any if that write about something real for once there's plenty of issues In the world http://t.co/FDsqtyr5Ht
I just watched a show and I liked it as most people do stop sitting in my twitter and do your research #lazyjournos
All those tweets are aimed at journalists and bloggers not fans
Sick of all this bull il be back again when the freedom of speech law is back and people don't believe to much into the bulls#!t they read
Can't wait for the call tomorrow where I get told of for cussing had to be said like I said before much worse has happened In the world
Pick ur balls up off the floor and get on with it instead of taking advantage of every word said and twisting it for your own gain
As of Sunday morning, the vast majority of tweets directed at Payne appeared to be showing him support.
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