The 21-year-old hearthrob proved that he isn’t just a pretty face when he prepared to board an LA-Australia flight with bandmate Harry Styles, wearing what Directioners were quick to identify as a keffiyeh.
It might just look like a trendy scarf, similar to those favoured by small indie bands across the world, but a black and white checked keffiyeh is actually a symbol of Palestinian nationalism and an icon of Palestinian solidarity during the ongoing Gaza conflict.
And although you’d be forgiven for just assuming that Zayn picked up the accesory totally unaware of its connotations, the Muslim-raised popstar has previously made his feelings towards the political situation very clear, tweeting back in June: ’#FreePalestine’.
The tweet saw Zayn receive a HUGE backlash from outraged Israeli fans, but this time around Directioners have rallied to show their support for the notoriously quiet and private star making a subtle statement about such an important, worldly issue.
On top of the negative reaction that Zayn received last time he dared to broadcast his views on the controversial topic, fans are particularly proud of the singer for being brave enough to step out in a keffiyeh despite the negative rumours circulating him these last few days.
One fan wrote: “At a time when the media is literally sh*tting on Zayn’s very existence he comes out and wears the keffiyeh.
”I am so proud of my politically aware ‘son’ who has come so far and is unapologetic about his beliefs and won’t compromise them for the sake of the media.
Once again, Stephanie has written a beautiful article and also quoted me calling zayn my son lol.
Sometimes when I’m having a bad day, I picture what Bangtan would be like if they studied abroad in America for a year or two, and a tear rolls down my cheek tbh.
Jungkook would be the guy with the gauges and Vans shoes, skateboarding down California’s Manhattan beach area, heading to work with a Big Gulp in his hand, Yoongi would be the one who hits up the basketball court on the daily and DJs at the hip hop clubs at night (because we all know Yoongi would have a shit ton of perseverance, badgering club managers for gigs and slipping in his mixtape tracks in-between setlists), Seokjin would probably try interning as a chef at a restaurant somewhere and becomes a total foodie who is constantly trying out new restaurants and foods and writing reviews about it through his blog or even instagram (yes, he’d be one of those instagrammers), Hoseok and Jimin would join workshops and become members at dance studios where they befriend a bunch of bboys and street perform with them on the weekends for fun (Jungkook joins them sometimes after work; he’s in school for performing arts and focuses on dance after all).
Namjoon and Taehyung would probably become fashion/style bloggers (they’re each other’s photographers) and eventually go from instagram to youtube where Namjoon makes videos of fashion hauls, summer favorites (including music recommendations), local eats, etc. while Taehyung mostly uploads random vlogs and snapchat stories. But Namjoon also still keeps up with producing music, and Taehyung volunteers at the local zoo/animal shelter/children’s daycare throughout the week and goes on walks with a herd of dogs on leashes around the beach barefooted. Sometimes the two go thrifting because they’re trendsetters looking for new styles, old and new.
Whenever they have time, they all head down to In-N-Out Burger or go shopping around Melrose and hit it at the beach nearby until it gets too dark out and Taehyung is dangerously close to killing himself on Jungkook’s skateboard by accident. Bangtan in America would definitely be life changing.