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.
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