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Bill Maher Faces Outrage for Comparing Ex-One Direction Singer to Boston Bomber

A web-exclusive “New Rule” Bill Maher posted to YouTube last week is getting lots of attention now from irate One Direction fans. The dual premise of the joke: 1) Maher is “sad” about Zayn Malik leaving 1D; and 2) Malik looks a lot like Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who is currently on trial for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Well, the comedian most known for decrying easily-offended, politically-correct internet culture is now its target again, as many are outraged by Maher’s joke.

Here’s a sampling of the social media response, from both 1D fans and those distressed by Maher’s comparing the British-Pakistani singer to a terrorist:



You get the idea.

There’s even a petition on Change.org with over 3000 signatures, demanding Maher apologize.

Watch Maher’s joke here, via HBO:

[h/t The Guardian]
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