One Direction's Zayn Malik Tweets Support for Palestine
This probably won't end well
Teen girls tend to pick their favorite boy banders based on hair color or dance moves. Now, teens can choose their fantasy boyfriends based on their stance on the conflict in Gaza.
Sunday night, One Direction's Zayn Malik broke away from his typical innocuous tweets and sent out the message "#FreePalestine." Ouch. You know their management talked to them about tweeting controversial remarks. Weird thought: In the pre-Internet age, publicists never had to worry about things like this with young Justin Timberlake or Joey McIntyre.
Malik joins other artists, such as Selena Gomez and Rihanna, who've tweeted support for Palestine; Gomez and Rihanna subsequently faced backlash from the public for their remarks. Malik is already feeling some heat from One Direction's Israeli fans. The message has been retweeted over 140,000 times, and the replies contain many threats, including comments telling him to "kill himself," and "let me kill you."
Unlike Rihanna's comment, which was deleted just a few moments later, Malik's tweet is still on Twitter. He hasn't tweeted again since the remark.