Zayn Malik is Muslim, so he's probably pretty happy that Hollywood has embraced the keffiyeh, a scarf that Muslims all around the world wear. It's a practical garment that covers heads from the sun and mouths from sand blowing in the wind, but some celebs have decided that they like the way it looks and have started wearing it to make a fashion statement.
Perhaps Zayn was doing just this when he was photographed wearing the piece of cloth. Whatever the case, the keffiyeh set off conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel. She called the scarf "the official garb of Islamic terrorism." However, what Debbie fails to see is that terrorists probably would not want to be associated with ZaynÂ—they would despise his music and the way he's embraced a Western lifestyle. And it's also extremely hard to imagine Zayn being a fan of terrorist ideals because of the life he has chosen for himself.
But that perhaps Debbie Schlussel saw the fuss that was made about Rachel Ray wearing a similar scarf a few years back and thought she would start a similar ruckus about Zayn's keffiyeh. She also accused him of "pimping Islam" and warned parents of One Direction fans to keep their daughter's away from Zayn Malik's "enticing jihad." Directioners might agree that Zayn's a pimp, but they probably don't feel like he's trying to convert them to Islam.
Debbie has taken her attacks on Zayn just a little too far, because Zayn's Pakistani dad has decided to stand up for his son. According to CelebrityFix, he tweeted this to the blogger:
"Debbie the racist b----."
"Oh, so your [sic] the dumb b---- who's giving my son grief?!"
Some people might not think that it's right for Zayn's dad to get involved, but parents of Christian teens would probably be just as angry if a blogger called their kid out for wearing a cross or tweeting a prayer, especially if the writer tried to imply that their kid supports terrorism.
Debbie Schlussel was probably trolling by attacking a member of One Direction, a band that gets tons of press, and she's likely thrilled by the attention she's been getting. She's now playing the victim by writing about how she's received death threats from "low-class, young female fans who have sewers for mouths." If she really wanted to anger Directioners, she should have just claimed that she's dating Zayn.
Hopefully Zayn Malik and his dad will just ignore bloggers like this since responding to them is giving them exactly what they want. People like Debbie attack others for being of a different color, faith, or political affiliation because their readers are scared of anyone who isn't like them and want to feel justified in the way they think, and they can always get more attention when they direct their hate towards a celebrity. Sadly more of Debbie's ilk might come out of the woodworks now that they've seen all the publicity she's getting for attacking a member of One Direction.
So what do you think, should Zayn's dad have responded to Debbie, or is she just going to attack him even more now that she's getting a response? And don't you think that it's a little sad that she's resorted to complaining about teen boy band members to get attention?
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