One Direction fans angry over 'Daily Show' joke

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'Daily Show' Joke Has One Direction Fans Terrorizing Twitter

What do One Direction and ISIS have in common? Terrorism - at least according to The Daily Show.

The fake news comedy show's host Jon Stewart accident enraged fans of the pop group One Direction with a joke this week.

"Just as you were talking, a new terrorist group formed with one member each from ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hamas, One Direction and the Zetas drug cartel," Stewart quipped.

Funny? Many fans of the group, dubbed Directioners, didn't think so.

Apparently because band mate Zayn Malik is Muslim, Directioners were quick to assume the joke was singling him out with an Islamaphobic reference.

The pop group has not responded to the ordeal, but angry fans quickly took to Twitter to defend the Brit group. Within a short period of time, #TheDailyShowGoneTooFar was a top trending topic. Cue the irony in the sheer terror "Directioners" brought against the show.

Other fans defending Zayn called him "a hero" and "the definition of an angel".

But things turned violent with some users even tweeting death threats.

"Judging by the fact that most of 'The Daily Show' writers are middle-aged men, it does seem unlikely that this throwaway joke was intended as some kind of racial or Islamaphobic attack on Zayn Malik," one writer for The Washington Post said of the segment.

The Daily Show responded to the backlash.

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From left, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik of the musical group One Direction pose backstage with the award for favorite album - pop/rock for "Take Me Home" and favorite band, duo or group - pop/rock at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Recording artists One Direction perform onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Zayn Malik attends the UK Premiere of 'One Direction: This Is Us 3D' - VIP Arrivals, on Tuesday August 20, 2013, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss Photography/Invision/AP Images)
Harry Styles attends the UK Premiere of 'One Direction: This Is Us 3D' - VIP Arrivals, on Tuesday August 20, 2013, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss Photography/Invision/AP Images)
From left, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne from British band One Direction arrive for the UK Premiere of 'One Direction: This Is Us 3D' at a central London cinema, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: One Direction pose in the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 2 - Press Room at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Recording artist Harry Styles of music group One Direction performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Recording artist Harry Styles of music group One Direction performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Recording artists Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson of music group One Direction perform onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
One Direction band members, from left Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik accept the Best Video Award onstage at the BRIT Awards 2014 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
One Direction members, from left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
From left, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan of the musical group One Direction perform on stage at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Liam Payne of the musical group One Direction performs on stage at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
From left, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Niall Horan of the musical group One Direction arrive at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles of the musical group One Direction performs on stage at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
One Direction members, from left, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan, pose for photos during an event for their film "One Direction: This Is US," in Makuhari, near Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
One Direction member Harry Styles attends an event for their film "One Direction:This Is Us," in Makuhari, near Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
One Direction members from left, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles pose for photos during an event for their film "One Direction: This Is US," in Makuhari, near Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
From left, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson of the musical group One Direction poses backstage with the award for Best Song of the Summer for "Best Song Ever" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
One Direction members, from left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson perform on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
One Direction member Harry Styles performs on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Simon Cowell, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Morgan Spurlock, Liam Payne and Harry Styles attend the UK Premiere of 'One Direction: This Is Us 3D' - VIP Arrivals, on Tuesday August 20, 2013, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss Photography/Invision/AP Images)
Niall Horan attends the UK Premiere of 'One Direction: This Is Us 3D' - VIP Arrivals, on Tuesday August 20, 2013, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss Photography/Invision/AP Images)
Liam Payne attends the UK Premiere of 'One Direction: This Is Us 3D' - VIP Arrivals, on Tuesday August 20, 2013, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss Photography/Invision/AP Images)
Louis Tomlinson attends the UK Premiere of 'One Direction: This Is Us 3D' - VIP Arrivals, on Tuesday August 20, 2013, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss Photography/Invision/AP Images)
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