Outrage as US TV host compares Zayn Malik to Boston marathon bomber
A controversial American TV host has been accused of peddling hate after comparing Zayn Malik to the Boston marathon bomber.
During his “Real Time” show, Bill Maher started out complaining about the Bradford-born star’s departure from One Direction and then said: “Just tell me two things, Zayn. Which one in the band were you?”
The comedy then took a turn when Maher said: “And where were you during the Boston Marathon?”.
During this, Zayn’s photo is displayed next to the photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston marathon bombers.
The ‘joke’ was deemed offensive by 1D fans, who started using hashtag #RespectForZayn to blast Maher.
— Lexi♡s5/5 (@Lexi_Lopez_) April 6, 2015
terrorist jokes aren't funny and being a muslim doesn't make you a terrorist #RespectForZayn
— H. (@pinkfloydharold) April 5, 2015
Zayn, Men like Bill Maher bring laughter to bigots. You bring joy to good people. The difference is called 'humanity.' #RespectForZayn
— Abdul R. Siddiqui (@A_R_Siddiqui) April 5, 2015
This isn't even just about Zayn, its about every muslim out there who struggles on a daily basis bc of people's ignorance #RespectForZayn
— I SAW THEM (@oopshisquad) April 5, 2015
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