The old saying “timing is everything” should be entered into a pop-up every time someone tweets something. Liam Payne of One Direction got into some trouble for tweeting to Willie Robertson:
“huge love to you/your family huge respect for your business prosperities and the family values you all still behold. big fan.”
And then all hell broke loose over the poor guy.
But instead of defusing the situation with a quick “Dang – my bad, I love the show, but I love the gays more…” kinda tweet would’ve fixed things.
Instead he lashed out on an imaginary media monster intent on twisting Payne’s words – which he tweeted himself, by the way.
It’s all about timing – and Payne just chose a piss poor moment to celebrate Duck Dynasty and its commitment to “family values.”
At the moment when the Duck Dynasty patriarch, Phil Robertson slammed homosexuality (while extolling the virtues of Jim Crow and marrying children) and revived the culture wars briefly, we yet again were dragged into arguments of what “family values” mean – and how in Robertson’s view (and roughly half of America’s) family values exclude gays and lesbians.
Now, I believe Payne was sincerely ignorant of Robertson’s awful comments and he’s probably grateful for the gay fans of One Direction (though, to be honest, I don’t know any). But it was a head-shakingly bad moment for him to go ahead and praise the show for its family values because that’s just exactly what was up for grabs in the scandal.
And his unhinged tweets that followed don’t help.
I feel sorry for the kid because he’s 20 and made a bone-headed tweet that got overblown.