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    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.]

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

    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.

    Eric Henderson / Reuters

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

    Like for real though if that tweet from @Real_Liam_Payne is legit he's made a huge mistake. You realize how many gay fans 1D has, right?

    Neil McNeil @Neil_McNeil

    Like for real though if that tweet from @Real_Liam_Payne is legit he's made a huge mistake. You realize how many gay fans 1D has, right?

    05:27 PM - 18 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    @Real_Liam_Payne @williebosshog Seriously??? U support this bigot? This racist homophobe? I think u need to do some research. Disgusting.

    Rick Gordon@RickGordon3

    @Real_Liam_Payne @williebosshog Seriously??? U support this bigot? This racist homophobe? I think u need to do some research. Disgusting.

    05:21 PM - 18 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    @Real_Liam_Payne the views that you're implying that you share with the cast of duck dynasty are disgusting and medieval and really not okay

    lacey@littleberglet

    @Real_Liam_Payne the views that you're implying that you share with the cast of duck dynasty are disgusting and medieval and really not okay

    05:55 PM - 18 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    @Real_Liam_Payne glorifying the bigotry and homophobia of the likes of @williebosshog is disgusting, he should be fucking ashamed.

    Jay@jayzaff

    @Real_Liam_Payne glorifying the bigotry and homophobia of the likes of @williebosshog is disgusting, he should be fucking ashamed.

    05:46 PM - 18 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    That's* what makes you beautiful. *homophobia

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

    Wow. Very confused and disappointed by this @Real_Liam_Payne tweet. This literally changes everything...

    Tyler Oakley@tyleroakley

    Wow. Very confused and disappointed by this @Real_Liam_Payne tweet. This literally changes everything...

    05:18 PM - 18 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

    Just watche the g a y gig agen... Love our gay fans

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    Just watche the g a y gig agen... Love our gay fans

    11:07 PM - 20 Jan 11ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

    Being a fan of someones show and the way they still hold a family together doesnt mean i am ok with all they say.

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    Being a fan of someones show and the way they still hold a family together doesnt mean i am ok with all they say.

    06:06 PM - 18 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    @hsmharry i do when im being called something im not , people can love who they want , its none of my business

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    @hsmharry i do when im being called something im not , people can love who they want , its none of my business

    06:08 PM - 18 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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:

    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

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    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

    12:25 AM - 19 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    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

    12:28 AM - 19 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I can't do anything without being judged u try that and write about it

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    I can't do anything without being judged u try that and write about it

    12:28 AM - 19 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    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

    12:29 AM - 19 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And write about things that actually matter not what im gunna have for dinner tomorrow or who I'm a fan if real stories

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    And write about things that actually matter not what im gunna have for dinner tomorrow or who I'm a fan if real stories

    12:29 AM - 19 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Look at this shit I never said any if that write about something real for once there's plenty of issues In the world

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    Look at this shit I never said any if that write about something real for once there's plenty of issues In the world

    12:33 AM - 19 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I just watched a show and I liked it as most people do stop sitting in my twitter and do your research #lazyjournos

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    I just watched a show and I liked it as most people do stop sitting in my twitter and do your research #lazyjournos

    12:34 AM - 19 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    He then responded to Tyler Oakley:

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

    All those tweets are aimed at journalists and bloggers not fans

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    All those tweets are aimed at journalists and bloggers not fans

    12:41 AM - 19 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Sick of all this bull il be back again when the freedom of speech law is back and people don't believe to much into the bulls#!t they read

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    Sick of all this bull il be back again when the freedom of speech law is back and people don't believe to much into the bulls#!t they read

    12:44 AM - 19 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Can't wait for the call tomorrow where I get told of for cussing had to be said like I said before much worse has happened In the world

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    Can't wait for the call tomorrow where I get told of for cussing had to be said like I said before much worse has happened In the world

    12:47 AM - 19 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Pick ur balls up off the floor and get on with it instead of taking advantage of every word said and twisting it for your own gain

    Liam Payne@Real_Liam_Payne

    Pick ur balls up off the floor and get on with it instead of taking advantage of every word said and twisting it for your own gain

    12:48 AM - 19 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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.]