One Direction's Liam Payne came under fire on Saturday afternoon after he sent a tweet to "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson praising him for upholding "family values."
A&E's "Duck Dynasty" was thrust into the national spotlight in December after Willie Robertson's father, Phil Robertson, compared homosexuality to bestiality in an interview with GQ.
Backlash to the tweet was swift, with One Direction fans rallying to Payne's defense and gay rights supporters denouncing him. As of 7 p.m., the tweet had been retweeted more than 10,000 times.
YouTube personality Tyler Oakley took to Twitter to express his disapproval.
Two hours after posting his original tweet, Payne sent another tweet to clarify his comment.
After months of negative headlines, "Duck Dynasty" may be in some trouble. According to TV Line, 8.5 million people tuned in for the fifth season premiere of the reality show this week, drastically down from last year.