Published On: Fri, Sep 26th, 2014 on 7:10 pm

‘Zayn Defense Squad’ angered over The Daily Show terrorist comments

Zayn Malik

An American satire show has come under fire by fans of One Direction, particularly Zayn Malik, after comments were made about terrorists.

The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart along with his team, aired a recent segment about the war in Syria involving airstrikes against the extremist militant group named ISIS.

In the show, there was an extension to the segment involving correspondent Jessica Williams, in which she joked about the quickly multiplying terrorist groups in the Middle East.

She said: “Just as you were talking, a new terrorist group has formed, with one member each from ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hamas, One Direction and the Zetas drug cartel.”

One Direction fans inferred that Williams referred to Bradford-born star Zayn Malik, a British Pakistani, even though he was never mentioned by name.

They took to Twitter to voice their outrage and have been using the hashtags ‘#TheDailyShowGoneTooFar’ and ‘#ZaynDefenseSquad’, which have also been trending.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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  1. Cassy says:

    Daily show is stupid for making such a joke as it can be offensive but so are the people getting all serious over it.

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