Zayn Malik may have been the subject of an April Fool’s death hoax which spread like wildfire across Twitter but is the One Direction diva secretly fuming at his legion of blundering and hysterically hormonal fans who unwittingly made the cruelest of Zayn Malik rumors go viral?
A hashtag which reads #RipZaynMalik is bound to strike frozen fear and abject horror into the big loving heart of any self-respecting Zayn Malik fan, but a fake BBC article claiming that 21-year-old Malik had been found dead in a hotel room, is like throwing a baby lamb into a bucket of starving piranas on steroids. Not Pretty!
It’s fair to say that Zayn Malik fans, and One Direction fans as a whole are a pretty tetchy and hypersensitive bunch. Like religious cults of old these hordes of harpies will happily eat your face off if they deem you guilty of showing even a modicum of disrespect to Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. As One Direction would say: ‘That’s What Make You Beautiful’.
As such, Zayn Malik enthusiasts provide fertile ground for any internet troll just starting out in life and looking to earn the respect of their more twisted and established elders.
Zayn Malik fans everywhere fell hook, line and sinker for the #RipZaynMalik hashtag like bees to a very simple and primitive honey-trap.
What Malik’s internet army should have done is retained their dignity and his, by discretely ignoring the hoax which would have soon disappeared into the ether, forgotten and forsaken. A broken arrow that never reached its intended target.
Instead, in a furious and frantic rush, Zayn Malik fans elbowed one another out of the way in a manic dash to take to their social media accounts and indirectly make the #RipZaynMalik hashtag global news. Something that Zayn Malik would have every right to be quietly furious about.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions and by springing like over-eager and terribly clumsy puppies to Zayn Malik’s defence, the One Directioners retweeted the now notorious hashtag again and again and again again, until it was trending like Jesus Christ at The Second Coming.
Zayn Malik fans wanted the world and its dog to know just how much anger they were spitting as a result of the April Fool’s tomfoolery. As usual with a lot of One Direction fans, their righteous fury soon degenerated into a petty pantomime of slightly psychotic behavior.
One Zayn Malik fan tweeted a picture of soldiers marching alongside the caption: “The fandom ready to kill the person who started this > #RipZaynMalik”. Classy!
Meanwhile another Zayn Malik follower tweeted that the person behind the trend was now a marked man. And perhaps most pathetic of all one follower tweeted a shot of Liam Neeson in the movie Taken with the quote: “I don’t know who you are, and I don’t know what you want, but I will find you. And I will kill you”. Really?
Through all the threats, pleas, demands, hysterics, and barrage of unnecessary tweets, it speaks volumes that Zayn Malik declined not to comment on the hoax. Therein lies an example One Directioners everywhere would do well to follow.