MisDirection: 1D’s Liam Shows His ‘Duck’ Face as ‘Coven’ Gets Topped
Clash over trash: Liam Payne, one of the warbling mannequins in Brit boy band One Direction, has bumbled into the culture wars by endorsing the Robertson clan of “Duck Dynasty” a month after patriarch Phil spouted antigay and racist comments in a magazine interview. Here’s “big fan” Liam’s tweet to Phil’s son Willie:
The backlash, you might imagine, is still bruising young master Payne, especially considering One Direction’s gay and progressive-straight young fanbase. “Very confused and disappointed by this @Real-Liam-Payne tweet. This literally changes everything,” tweeted YouTube personality/gay activist Tyler Oakley.
Though the “singer” known in some circles as the “cute one” backpedaled a bit–“Being a fan of someone’s show and the way they still hold a family together doesn’t mean I am ok with all they say,” was among his less snarky responses–and had some of his fellow bandmates coming to his social-media aid, the damage was done – though Liam did have one new(?) fan squarely behind him:
Anywho, while the A&E “reality” hit — the absolute definition of “basic cable” — did take a bit of a tumble in its season premiere last week vs. its previous run, it handily dominated its strongest direct competition, which just happens to be FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven.” (We’ve heard of counterprogramming – this is more like a hump-day battle royal for the country’s soul.) The fierce fans of Ryan Murphy’s witches’ brew have only a couple of more Wednesdays to achieve Supremacy over the gutted “Duck” before our wicked girls soar off into the night, so get those spells ready.
Next season, Murphy says the fave rave leaps to the historically significant year of 1950 (a move that hosed the rumored circus/carnival theme that had amateurs flooding the Interwebs with fake promos), sparking speculation over what the fourth “AHS” installment will be digging into: the “Red Scare” spearheaded by Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the atomic age, the dark side of President Harry Truman? … or perhaps just a terrifying look at the bile bubbling behind a false front of time-tested, God-fearing “family values” and the virulent “American horror story” it masks. Hmmm, perhaps even if this battle may be lost, if we know Mr. Murphy, the war might just be getting started.
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