One Direction's Liam Payne Tweets Support For Anti-Gay Duck Dynasty's "Family Values"
Updated 4 p.m. est
Liam Payne is really attempting to walk back his original comment in support of the "family values" of the Duck Dynasty clan on Twitter.
Liam defended himself by tweeting this torrent of "clarifications" [sic]:
"Being a fan of someones show and the way they still hold a family together doesnt mean i am ok with all they say."
"again i just like the show and i love when families stick together, i havent said i agree with all that theyve ever said."
"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."
"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."
Feel better? Ready to put Liam's poster back up in your locker?
One Direction's publicity team is once again scrambling to put out homophobic fires sparked by the band members. This time around it's Liam Payne who's spurred an uproar among the LGBT community and our straight allies after tweeting support for the "family values" of Duck Dynasty over the weekend.
Liam wrote on Saturday [sic]:
"@williebosshog huge love to you/your family huge respect for your business prosperities and the family values you still all behold. big fan"
@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
The "family values" espoused by the Duck Dynasty clan, as everyone in the world with an Internet connection or TV signal knows, include extreme anti-gay animus, which Liam is a huge fan of, apparently.
In case you need a refresher, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson put these "family values" on the table in a GQ interview late last year:
“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus," Robertson said. "That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine," he continued. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
The boy bander was deluged by a torrent of outrage over his showing of support for bigotry on Twitter, so he followed up his initial statement with this gem [sic]:
"And write about things that actually matter not what im gunna have for dinner tomorrow or who I'm a fan if real stories."
And write about things that actually matter not what im gunna have for dinner tomorrow or who I'm a fan if real stories
— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne) January 19, 2014
First of all, Liam, if you didn't want your cheering on of homophobia written or talked about, maybe don't put it on Twitter?
It'll be interesting watching the band pivot this major gaffe this week. Do you think it's recoverable, Instincters?