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September 26, 2014

The hashtag #TheDailyShowGoneTooFar is trending on Twitter right now.

The Daily Show has always spoken truth to power, calling out dictators, Presidents, and both political parties. (Well, mostly one political party.) But now they’ve gone too far: They’ve pissed off One Direction fans.

The hashtag #TheDailyShowGoneTooFar is trending on Twitter right now because of a segment this week in which correspondent Jessica Walter, playing a warmongerer, claims that there’s a new terrorist group that made up of “one member each from ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hamas, One Direction, and the Zetas drug cartel.”

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1D fans are interpreting that as a slur on 1D member Zayn Malik, who is Muslim and of Pakistani descent. Actually, though, Walter never named Zayn. She could have been accusing Harry or Niall of terrorism. Fans just assumed she meant the Muslim. Who’s racist now?