VIDEO: Did Daily Show Joke About One Direction Call Zayn Malik A Terrorist?
One Direction fans are furious with “The Daily Show” for allegedly joking that Zayn Malik is a terrorist. On Friday, Directioners’ outrage made #TheDailyShowGoneTooFar become the top trending topic on Twitter. What happened exactly?
In a segment with Jon Stewart, correspondent Jessica Williams “reported” on some new terrorist groups Americans may not know about. At one point, Williams jokes, “Just as you were talking, a new terrorist group formed, with one member each from ISIS, al-Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hamas, One Direction and the Zetas drug cartel.”
Williams never specifically mentions Malik, but thousands of One Direction fans expressed their anger at the show, believing that she and Stewart were linking the singer — who is partially of Pakistani descent — to terrorism. “I don’t even know why they said that they just don’t know Zayn bc he’s angel and a hero,” one fan tweeted. Another wrote, “funny how teenagers now days are more mature than adults who think its funny to make racists jokes Wow.”
Check out the video below (the One Direction joke comes at the 2:13 mark), and tell us what you think.