One Direction’s Liam Payne Supports Duck Dynasty, But Not Really

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January 22, 2014 by gabnormal

As practically everyone knows by now, One Direction band mate Liam Payne has been receiving mad hate since he posted on twitter that he supports the Robertson family from Duck Dynasty in sticking to their values. Since sending it out (the original is no longer on Payne’s account but can still be imbedded through other sources who snatched it before its deletion) Payne has been trashed by the media and by LGBT activist groups, the former calling the posting a “homophobic tweet.”

While it’s easy to say that Payne supports what Phil Robertson said in that now infamous GQ article where he bashed the LGBT community, I don’t think it’s quite that simple. When you look directly at what Payne said, yes, there may be the connotation that he agrees with the Robertson family values, but that’s not his exact sentiment. He said that he respects the Robertson’s for sticking to their guns and not backing down from what they believe in after the GQ profile that brought a ton of hate and a drastic drop in ratings. Is Payne homophobic? I wouldn’t say so. Did he post a tweet that was easily misread and that also seemed to promote homophobia when not read in the context he meant it as? Yes. This is what he tried to explain later, but once the media jumps on something like this there’s kind of no going back, unfortunately.

Now he’s upset (check out the rest of his tweets on Twitter) that he can’t say something without it being misconstrued etc, etc. Well, when you become famous – and have somewhere in the realm of 15,341,307 twitter followers – that’s something that comes with the territory.

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