One Direction fans are going absolutely berserk over "Daily Show" joke

Just check out #TheDailyShowGoneTooFar: It is terrifying

By Sarah Gray

Published September 26, 2014 10:08PM (EDT)

Jon Stewart                   (Comedy Central)
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

The "Daily Show" is under fire for a "disgusting," "desperate for laughs," "uncalled for," "unprofessional" joke. And no I'm not talking about the controversial Washington Redskins segment.

I'm referring to the below joke made by Jessica Williams in a Tuesday segment about the latest war in Syria:

"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."

Let me tell you, the "Daily Show" messed with the wrong group of satire-challenged tweens (who just discovered the F-word).

For some background, one member of the British boy-band, Zayn Malik is Muslim, and immediately One Direction fans, assumed that the "Daily Show" was singling him out as a terrorist.

The Directioners are now on a warpath of their own -- all captured on the hashtag #TheDailyShowGoneTooFar. Here's a sampling:

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The "Daily Show" responded with the following tweet:

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And some have pointed out the irony of the terrifying and militant response of Directioners. And rallied to the "Daily Show's" defense.

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The hornets nest has been kicked; we'll see if this hashtag rage dies down.

I'll leave you with this, can't we just hug it out?

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email

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