Hi! I wanted to see your opinion on the whole Twitter thing with Liam and Tyler Oakley, some fans on Twitter are hashtaging #Liamdefensesquad and just saying rude and hateful things. In my opinion their being so childish right now it upsets me so much! I just wanted to know your opinions on this! Have a nice day! (:
Duck Dynasty-gate, sigh. To start, Tyler Oakley and Liam go way back.
For those who do not know, Duck Dynasty is an American reality TV show that follows the Robertson family, who caused huge controversy when the patriarch Phil Robertson made several virulently homophobic comments. In January 2014 “Liam” posted this infamous tweet praising them:
For those of us who are used to M!M’s fuckery, this was obviously not the real Liam’s tweet. It was both
obvious promo, since Duck Dynasty is produced by Gurney Productions, in which UK broadcasting company ITV Studios owns more than 60% stakes and to whom M!M has loose ties; and
no homo promo, since “Liam” publicly declaring support for the Robertson family implies he is homophobic, and therefore not gay.
It also struck American fans as odd that Liam would praise the Robertsons’ “family values” since their brand of family values and their conservative religious, political and social connotations are very specifically American, and thus would easily be lost on Liam, who is British. Basically, this tweet is all over fake.
Tyler Oakley, a famous YouTuber and known 1D fan who is openly gay, criticized Liam for the tweet:
Liam faced intense backlash for the tweet not just from Oakley, but from fans:
Which lead to a string of defensive tweets onto his account, many if not all of which were probably not really his:
And in Sept. 2014, Liam posed with the Robertson clan in this ultra shady and very obviously staged and/or photoshopped photo:
(Notice the “Xposure” copyright, a tell-tale sign of M!M fakery since many of their PR photos are licensed to them.) Poor Liam faced even more backlash for this photo, which furthered his dumb, trashy dude-bro and straight image. And only a few days before this photo surfaced, the infamous “100% not gay” tweet was posted to Liam’s Twitter:
Of course, fans criticized Liam for being “homophobic.” In general, Duck Dynasty-gate and “100% not gay” not only seriously damaged his image but also very effectively closeted him, since most fans, even Larries (relevant: Larry Tunnel Vision), took the scandal and his tweets at face value despite the obvious shadiness and M!M manipulation.
Today Tyler Oakley, who apparently has neither forgiven Liam for Duck Dynasty-gate nor seems to realize that Liam is forcibly closeted and in a relationship with Zayn, responded to a fan talking about him not following Liam on Twitter by saying he keeps his timeline “flawfree”:
Fans defended Liam against Oakley on Twitter with the #LiamDefenseSquad trending topic, which Sugarscapecovered:
And finally, if you want my opinion: this fiasco has come about from M!M’s closeting tactics, and yet again Liam is the one thrown under the bus while Tyler Oakley can ironically claim enlightened hero status for standing against Liam’s phantom “homophobia.” Fucked up.
Also, I don’t really give two shits about Tyler Oakley and mostly find him annoying and uninteresting, but apparently he has Larry Tunnel Vision and is in for quite a shock when he learns what’s up.
“I’ll make a bet with you,” Robertson said in the talk which was later broadcast on Christian conservative radio host Rick Wiles’ program, “Trunews.” “Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. Then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them, and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him,” he said, “and then they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now, is it dude?”