One Direction fans angry over 'Daily Show' joke

'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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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)
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)
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