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#TheDailyShowGoneTooFar is a hashtag protest started by One Direction fans against Comedy Central's late-night TV talk show following the broadcast of a satirical news segment implicating the popular British boy band with global terrorism.


On September 23rd, 2014, The Daily Show aired a segment in which they poked fun at the frequent splintering of terrorist groups into smaller, potentially more violent groups. During the segment Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams says:

"Just as you were talking, a new terrorist group formed, with one member each from ISIS, al-Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hamas, One Direction and the Zetas drug cartel."

Many One Direction fans interpreted[1] this as an insult directed at One Direction member Zayn Malik, who is of Pakistani descent.

Notable Developments

Hashtag Introduction

On September 26th, Twitter user 1D_Updates_EU[2] tweeted at The Daily Show's official twitter feed criticizing the joke; Twitter user ihavetwoHAZ[3] responded by introducing the hashtag #TheDailyShowGoneTooFar. In less than 24 hours the hashtag was tweeted out[4] over 95,000 times.

DPRMTSE 1DUpdates @1D_Updates _EU 6h @TheDailyShow You took it too far in your last show when you were joking about terrorism by saying one member from one direction. Disgusting like pizza @ihavetwoHAZ 6h @1D-Updates-EU @TheDailyShow #TheDailyShowGoneToFar LETS TREND

Added Hashtags

Also on September 26th, Twitter user drunkl3wis[5] introduced the hashtag #ZaynSavesNotKills, in less than 24 hours the hashtag was tweeted out[6] over 10,000 times.

# Follow @drunk13wis #ZaynSavesNot Kills More わReply t. Retweet ★ Favorite RETWEETS FAVORITES 85 a因邐醯躍墨鏖@쐐 41

The same day Twitter user shutupKatelynn[8] introduced the hashtag #ZaynDefenseSquad, in less than 24 hours the hashtag was tweeted out[7] over 17,000 times.

Katelynn Miller Follow @shutupKatelynin I'm actually shaking with rage. #ZaynDefenseSquad rise up . Reply Retweet * Favorite More 12:41 AM-26 Sep 2014

All three hashtags were trending in the US on September 26th.

Media Coverage

On September 26th, Vulture published a post titled "One Direction Fans Can’t Even With The Daily Show Right Now." The conflict was covered by many websites the same day including the LA Times[10] and The Daily Dot.[11]

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