Well, file this under disappointing. Less than a week after Liam Payne was spotted drunkenly standing on the ledge of a building after a party, he tweeted his support for Duck Dynasty at one of the show’s stars, Willie Robertson. As you probably know, Willie’s father Phil Robertson said some pretty homophobic things late last year that caused him to be suspended from A&E. Here’s what Liam had to say about the show.
None of that explicitly says “I hate gay people,” but it obviously caused some controversy online. Sending love and respect to a family whose patriarch said some pretty disgusting and ignorant things about gay people is kind of suspect, especially when the phrase “family values” is thrown around. I didn’t even know Brits used that phrase. I thought it was invented by Fox News to scare conservatives.
Liam didn’t back down after multiple news outlets picked up the story. He went on a supersized Twitter rant defending himself, saying just because he likes a TV show doesn’t mean he agrees with everything the stars say, and then just yelling at the media in general for following his every move. I’ve screencapped the saga in sections, just in case he decides to pull a tweet-and-delete. If you want to go in chronological order, read from the bottom up.
Wow, that’s a lot. Not only does he not really address his intentions behind the tweet, but there are quite a few cliched celebrity complaints in there. He uses the classic “I’m just [insert age] excuse,” tells the media to report on more important things, and of course laments the fact that his words are being judged despite his choice to post them on a Twitter account with over 15 million followers.
This is all very confusing and frankly pretty shocking to me. I’ve been heavy on the One Direction love for a while now because they seem to really have it together, unlike the other pop stars their age (cough, Bieber, cough). And the fact that Liam’s bandmate Harry Styles has shown support for LGBT rights led me to believe they were all as accepting. Liam might claim that his tweet had nothing to do with the Robertsons’ thoughts about homosexuality, but it’s pretty fishy that after months of reports about the scandal, he wouldn’t realize that these public words could be construed that way. On top of all that, his many tweets come off as overly defensive. Add last week’s building fiasco to this, and things are looking pretty strange in Liam Payne City.
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