The One Direction star Liam Payne has officially gone into Twitter melt down after tweeting his support to Duck Dynasty family.
Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson caused outrage in December when in an interview with GQ magazine he described homosexuality as a ‘sin’ and ‘not logical’ and compared it to bestiality.
Liam Payne wrote to Robertson’s father Willie Robertson saying:
“huge love to you/your family huge respect for your business prosperities and the family values you still all behold. big fan.”
FREEDOM OF SPEECH?
The supportive tweet to the Duck Dynasty clan has landed Payne into hot water with the star adding insult to injury by slamming journalists and hope for a ‘freedom of speech law.’
Instead of apologising for any offense he may have caused Payne tweeted:
‘Being a fan of someones show and the way they still hold a family together doesnt mean i am ok with all they say.
‘Oh my god can someone literally not be a fan if a show without bring labeled?’
‘I just watched a show and I liked it as most people do,’
Last year, fellow XFactor contestant James Arthur found himself in a media meltdown after using a gay slur in a dissing rap. This must have been on Payne’s mind – when he tweeted about the potential repercussions of his pro Robertson tweet.
‘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’
One of the first gay right’s campaigners to take issue with Payne’s tweet was Tyler Oakley, who Tweeted:
Wow. Very confused and disappointed by this @Real_Liam_Payne tweet. This literally changes everything…
However, within hours Oakley took to Twitter to say he was quitting for a while after receiving death threats from One Direction fans.
Tyler Oakley is an American YouTube personality and advocates for gay youth, presenting on topics such as queer politics and pop culture.
Last year Perez Hilton came under attack in a similar move from a ‘fandom’ when Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters threatened the Hollywood blogger.