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.

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

— Jay (@jayzaff)

That's* what makes you beautiful. *homophobia

— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman)

10. 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)

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.

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

— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne)

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

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)

@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)

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:

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)

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)

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

— 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

— 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

— 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

— 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

— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne)

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:

All those tweets are aimed at journalists and bloggers not fans

— 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

— 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

— 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

— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne)

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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