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Niall’s reaction to a fan’s joke

  
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I think Niall is crap and has no redeeming features... just nah
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27Sep14reblog

Daily Show Terrorism Joke

hiddensymposiarch:

We’ve all heard that the Daily Show made the following joke:

"Just as you were talking, a new terrorist group formed with one member each from ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, One Direction and the Zetas drug cartel"

My initial response was low-key annoyance. I assumed that they just used One Direction’s name as the biggest boyband on the planet and a pretty standard object of teasing, and failed to do the research necessary to learn that Zayn is a Muslim POC who has repeatedly been attacked for his faith and accused of being a terrorist.

In today’s Islamophobic environment, this was a pretty big mistake. But since I know that the Daily Show is not itself Islamophobic, I took it to be an honest mistake.

Then I read some articles on the issue, and read some of the comments, and now I am downright PISSED OFF.(x/x/x/x)

The articles, by and large, are about the fandom’s anger at the daily show for implying that Zayn is a terrorist, however inadvertently. There are several tweets about his charity work, calling him ‘an angel,’ and the like. While the articles poke fun at the fans a bit, the comments are what have me really upset. Here are a few examples.

It must be tough for Jon Stewart to be attacked by those in his key demographic (i.e. teenage girls so irrational that they obsessively defend boy band-ers they don’t even know). His ratings will never recover.

Only showing how so many people (fans) out there utterly lack nuance in any degree, let alone a basic understanding of what comedy is.

Uh, did TDS actually single out Malik? Or is this another case of delusional fan(atic)s pretending their pretend boyfriend who they’ve never met has been unjustly maligned?

If anyone wanted an illustration of the moronic nature of some of the youth today one need not look any further than this story.

There’s no reasoning with that age group demographic; they didn’t mind all the other references until their precious boy band was invoked. They may not understand the concept of hypocrisy, but they’re certainly living it

One Direction fans should call their local police to see if anyone has turned in their lost sense of humor, cos they are blowing this way, way, out of proportion. Because one member is a Muslim, they think the mention was based on that?

How do they KNOW that the person who choose the photo even knew that? The reference was likely chosen just because the band was popular, DUH! I’ve never even heard one of their songs, but I have heard of the band. I certainly could CARE LESS what their religions are. And, I’d like to think most intelligent adults would be the same. Seriously. These little One Direction fans need to stop whining and grow the heck up. Focus their ire on REAL problems in the world: global warming, war, economic injustice, civil rights, REAL racism, etc.

Other things One Direction fans revolt over: naptime, car seats, vegetables.

So let me get this straight, please. A liberal comedy news show makes a joke that, inadvertently or not, essentially accuses a Muslim POC celebrity of being a terrorist. North America, the target market of the show, is suffering from deeply entrenched Islamophobia.

Zayn Malik is open about his religion, is an ambassador for the British Asian Trust, tweets #freepalestine, and is a huge role model to millions of young fans. Not only does he give his Muslim fans someone to look up to and aspire to be like, but his very existence has helped to challenge Islamophobic attitudes in his non-Muslim fans. Zayn Malik has been attacked for his faith before, and is constantly subject to racial and religious abuse on social media.

In response to the Daily Show’s frankly racist joke, Zayn’s fans correctly pointed out that it was not appropriate, and that Zayn was a worthwhile role model who did not deserve the label of ‘terrorist’ because of his religion. I saw no over reactions and nothing ridiculous in these articles. Just tweets pointing out that the joke was not acceptable and highlighting Zayn’s good qualities, including his charity work.

How do the readers respond? With outright disdain and dismissal. Because the message - that joking about Muslims being terrorists - came from a demographic that the reader does not respect, they felt the need to not only dismiss the criticism, but also to mock the fans, for no reason at all that I can see.

The fans have a legitimate complaint. They were expressing it in a reasonable way. The proper response from readers is an acknowledgement that the joke was problematic. Instead, we get knee-jerk disdain because most of the fandom is young women; and as we know people who are YOUNG and people who are FEMALE are irrational, hysterical, and incapable of understanding ‘serious issues’ like REAL racism.

  
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