“[One Direction singer] Liam Payne has come under fire after posing with a gun in a photo with the stars of US TV show Duck Dynasty,” dailymail.co.uk reports, adding fuel to the fire. “The One Direction hitmaker reportedly visited the Robertson clan – whose patriarch Phil was previously slammed for his right-wing views – in Louisiana this week where they shot clay discs. The 21-year-old is pictured grinning away next to his bodyguard Paddy, the Daily Mirror reported, in the same week that he was forced to strongly deny that leaked ‘gay’ photos were him.” Wow. Muckrake much? He’s gay and a gun guy? And hangs with fundamentalist freaks? A three-fer! Just how bad is the UK anti-gun sentiment sliming Payne? Well . . .
The newspaper quoted Sarah Summins as writing on Twitter: ‘Thanks for glamourising America’s gun crisis that literally kills countless numbers of innocent people.
Meanwhile Instagram user Sophia Deluxe added: ‘It’s not funny to hold a gun, because every day thousands of people die by gunfire!’.
Who? What? Seriously? They’re quoting anonymous Twitter and Instagram posters? What happened to the tabloid tradition of making up quotes and ascribing them to “one distraught fan” and “a former supporter”?
Judging from my 11-year-old 1D fan, this “story” registers a big -1 on the “who cares” scale. [The pot got 67 shares at the Mirror.] Now if it were Harry Styles . . . again nothing.
In fact this is nothing – save an indication of just how The Land of Hope and Glory – where our legal gun rights began – has fallen.