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The clip above aired Thursday night on The Daily Show, a relatively innocuous joke about the fanaticism of a vocal group of fans of the boy band. Fans, however, took it as an insult against One Direction member Zayn Malik - who is of Pakistani descent. By Friday, angry fans had hashtags globally trending on Twitter:



Not seen here? #ZaynDefenseSquad, #ZayneSavesNotKills, and other smaller hashtags throughout the day - which our friends at Know Your Meme have kindly gathered up! Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that over 114,000 tweets have been tallied under the popular hashtags.

The moral of the story, as always, is to never underestimate the power of teenage girls on social media.

Over the weekend, Liam Payne tweeted at Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson thanking him for upholding "family values." However, for the Robertson family, "family values" include having a tragically bigoted attitude toward homosexuality. That didn't seem to bother Payne much, although he'd be wise to remember that One Direction has a substantial gay fanbase.

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Purportedly, One Direction means something to some people.

So when The Cute One/The Bad Boy/The Muslim One Zayn Malik announced he was leaving mega-popular 1D, the earth stopped on its axis and the nuclear winter that descended reflected the insides of our souls.

Here's what that looked like on social media:

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