One Direction’s Liam Payne Tweets Support For Duck Dynasty’s “Family Values”

The One Direction singer upset Twitter followers and fans alike with a surprising tweet Saturday afternoon. [Update: Several hours later, more tweets — lashing out at the coverage of his initial tweet.]

1. This afternoon, Liam tweeted his support to Willie Robertson from A&E’s Duck Dynasty.

2. For those that need a refresher, Willie is the son of Phil Robertson, who was suspended and then reinstated after a video of him making homophobic remarks went viral.

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3. Liam’s fans have taken to Twitter to voice their disappointment in the singer.

10. One of the disappointed tweets was from YouTube star and LGBT youth advocate Tyler Oakley, who often interviews the band.

11. As of 5:45 p.m., ET the tweet was favorited nearly 10,000 times and retweeted over 5,000 times.

12. In 2011, Liam tweeted his support for his gay fans.

13. A request for comment from Liam Payne’s representatives has not yet been returned.

14. Update: Jan. 18, 6:06 p.m. ET — Payne sent out more tweets in response to the backlash

16. Update: Jan. 19, 1:00 a.m. — Payne returned to Twitter a few hours later with a more aggressive message that he (in a later tweet) wrote was aimed at the media coverage of his initial tweet:

23. He then responded to Tyler Oakley:

24. He then got back to tweeting to everyone — but specified that his angry tweets were aimed at two groups:

28. Then, 16 minutes after his screen capture photo showed his phone at 14% battery, he stopped tweeting.

[Although, as Matthew pointed out on Twitter, Payne’s phone was charged in at that point.]

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