One Direction has been dragged into the Trayvon Martin case in a bizarre way - Bill Maher made a joke about George Zimmerman shooting the British boy band on his HBO show.
Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson probably have no idea what the Trayvon case is even about, but Maher tried to connect the guys to it in what was probably a bid to get a little press - he probably realizes the band is a hot topic right now and knew that mentioning them would get attention.
And he probably will get a little attention from teen girls - Maher will probably be getting a few angry tweets from their fans after what he said on Real Time. According to Mediaite, Here's the joke Bill Maher made about the teen superstars:
"Now the other guy who had a good day today, George Zimmerman down in Florida, he got bail. Mr. George Zimmerman, he promised a judge, he said until the trial he promised not to shoot any unarmed teenagers. And the judge made an exception, he said, 'For One Direction. If you want to shoot those kids, that's fine.'"
The audience responded to his violent joke with silence, so he criticized them for their lack of laughter by saying, "F*** you."
Bill Maher better watch out - Directioners have been known to attack viciously via Twitter. They've lobbed death threats at the manager of the U.S. band that's also named One Direction for suing the British 1D, and they've also attacked the girlfriends of Harry Styles and Liam Payne. Just recently they made Harry's latest ladylove Emma Ostilly take down her Twitter page by attacking her. So if Bill wants to be able to keep tweeting, he might not want to make jokes about killing the members of 1D.
In another bizarre twist, a Newsbusters writer decided to post a rant attacking Maher's joke for being racist. Perhaps the writer got 1D confused with a black boy band like All 4 One or New Edition.
Whatever the case, the lesson here is this: Don't drag boy bands into murder cases or politics. Their sole purpose is to make girls smile, cry, scream, and hyperventilate, and no musician deserves to be shot just because they aren't the Rolling Stones or the Beatles.
So do you think Maher went too far, or did he just get a lot of teen girls interested in a real news story affecting America by mentioning 1D in the same breath as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman?
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