One Direction member Liam Payne received his fair share of online finger-wagging last weekend after reaching out to “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson on Twitter and commending the “family values” exhibited on the hit series.
“huge love to you/your family huge respect for your business prosperities and the family values you still all behold. big fan,” the 20-year-old wrote toward Robertson on Saturday (Jan. 18). The exchange happened weeks after Willie Robertson’s father, Phil, was heavily criticized and briefly suspended from the show for making anti-gay comments in an interview with GQ.
Hours after tweeting at Robertson, Payne was defending himself from onlookers who associated his co-sign of the “Duck Dynasty” values with homophobia. “Being a fan of someones show and the way they still hold a family together doesnt mean i am ok with all they say,” he wrote. Payne later wrote, “again i just like the show and i love when families stick together, i havent said i agree with all that theyve ever said,” and on the following day, he lashed out at his displeased legions.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
Last week, Payne apologized after a photo was taken of the boy band member on the ledge of a London building. “I regret being there and having a photo taken. … It was a stupid and irresponsible thing to do,” he wrote.
After One Direction’s third studio album, “Midnight Memories,” debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart last November, the quintet will kick off a stadium tour on Apr. 25 in Colombia.