Let us start here by making something very clear: This is not article about Liam Payne of One Direction tweeting about “Duck Dynasty.” Instead, it’s one about the media’s reaction to Liam Payne posting about a show, and some of the overblown headlines regarding it.
Let’s recap a little what happened here, beginning with the message that Liam put on his Twitter account that got him in hot water in the first place:
“@williebosshog huge love to you/your family huge respect for your business prosperities and the family values you still all behold. big fan.”
Obviously, “Duck Dynasty” has been in the press for quite a long time now thanks to Phil Robertson, and the belief that he has on homosexuality being against the word of God. These comments had him at one point suspended, though he was later reinstated and brought back swiftly into the fold.
After Liam started to get hate from the media on this very subject, he then shared another message:
“Being a fan of someones show and the way they still hold a family together doesnt mean i am ok with all they say.”
It really only got worse from here, as the former “X Factor” contestant ended up having to defend himself against various media outlets that went as far as slamming him for being “homophobic,” and also saying that they had lost respect for him for liking the show.
While we will leave the interpretation of Liam’s comments up to you, there are a couple of things here that you do need to know:
1. Liam is a guy who spends all of his time traveling the world, recording music, and performing. He rarely has time for himself. Is it possible that he didn’t even know about the Robertson controversy when he posted that message?
2. He also wrote his message to Willie and not Phil, and while Willie may or may not hold similar opinions as his father, he has never expressed them publicly.
3. If all Liam does is watch the show, all he would know is that the family is very religious. There is not that much else touched on beyond that on TV.
What do you think: Should the media be right to go after Liam for this, or is this one of the silliest things imaginable for people to go after? Be sure to share your thoughts below, and head over here if you want to see our review of the “Duck Dynasty” premiere. You can also subscribe to our CarterMatt Newsletter if you want to get some more updates in your email inbox.