YIKES, the ‘Huffington Post’ was forced to issue an apology on Twitter after misleading readers by using a photo of Zayn Malik in an article about ISIS. But the thing is…the picture was used on purpose! WHAT? Find out why right here!
Why in the WORLD did the Huffington Post use a picture of Zayn Malik on Twitter while sharing a link to a story about ISIS?! Fans were outraged at the decision, which may have led readers to assume the singer is a member of the extremist militant group. Read the site’s explanation and apology here.
The original tweet, which has since been deleted, included a photo of the 22-year-old with the caption, “What ISIS wants: to destroy the “gray zone of coexistence,””” and a link to a piece on the subject. Obviously, there was some backlash on the social media site, because it didn’t take long for the tweet to be taken down, with an apology issued instead.
“We apologize for the original image here,” the apology read. “Zayn Malik is mentioned in the story, but is obviously not a part of ISIS.” Okay, but why was Zayn even mentioned in a story about this group, which unleashed the terrorist attack against France on Nov. 13, killing more than 100 people? Don’t worry, there’s a legitimate reason!
The piece is about how ISIS wants to eliminate coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims living in the West, and remember…Zayn is Muslim. So the author of the story simply uses the former boy bander as example of a Muslims who is able to live cohesively with people of other faiths. “But if you want a more relatable face of the “gray zone of coexistence” — a success story you’ve definitely heard of — consider international pop sensation and former One Direction singer Zayn Malik,” the article reads. “The terror group despises Muslims of all stripes who reject their bankrupt ideology and look to the West for hope. They’re counting on us making the mistake of rejecting these Muslims.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think Zayn’s picture should’ve been used in this situation?
— Alyssa Norwin