Hide your kids. Hide your wife. Dreamy U.K. boy band One Direction is determined to convert each and every all-American kid into a superfan — of Islam, apparently. At least that’s the theory of blogger Debbie Schlussel, whose recent claim that band member Zayn Malik is “pimping Islam on your kids” has lit up the Twitterverse and driven the otherwise cryptic hashtag #TurkishDirectionersAreProudOfZaynsReligion to the top of the Twitter charts:

How big is One Direction? Huge. Next year’s tour dates have already sold out. Debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” — with a lyric surgically targeted toward its demographic of awkward preteen girls (who suspected they were beautiful but longed for third-party confirmation) — has sold more than 2 million copies, and the accompanying YouTube video has garnered 167 million views. The boys have guest starred on Nickelodeon hit “iCarly” (following in the steps of first lady Michelle Obama) and count the president’s daughter Malia as a fan. Secret Service agents, trained to give their lives at a moment’s notice, perhaps said a quiet prayer before venturing into the teeming and screaming masses to accompany Malia to witness “1D” in concert near Washington D.C.

One Direction is an even bigger phenomenon in Britain, and every move made by the five lads who make up the group is front-page material. (Yes, the U.K.’s Sun newspaper even managed a story about which member has the worst foot odor.) So it’s no surprise that Schlussel’s interpretation of the band’s one direction (“facing Mecca”) has made the papers in a big way. The basis of her claim rests largely on a tweet from August (about 10 months ago):

This translates as “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is the prophet of God,” a “militant statement” in Schlussel’s book. Schlussel also points us to a photo of a smiling and shirtless (and hunkishly hairless) Malik with a sinister-looking Arabic tattoo on his chest. This translates to “Walter,” which presumably could be Jihadist code language but more likely is a tribute to Malik’s grandfather. (Any superfan will tell you he also sports tattoos of a decidedly non-Muslim yin/yang symbol as well as several others — never mind that tattoos are considered haram [forbidden] by many Muslims as they are considered an alteration of Allah’s creation.) The other One Direction story in the U.K. papers today recounts how the lads were kicked out of a Vegas casino for being underage. Gambling is also haram, so let’s agree on this if nothing else: if Malik is trying to use his vast celebrity influence to indoctrinate our daughters into militant Islam, he’s doing the worst job possible.

And herein lies the question: if a tweet such as this by Malik, the son of a British Pakistani father and English mother, can lead Schlussel to conclude that “Jihad is sneaking into American girls’ favorite pop band,” then how seriously can we take Schlussel’s claim, above, that she’s now being “attacked” by the U.K. press. For those keeping score, the Telegraph’s “attack” consisted of calling her blog post a “rant,” while the Sun characterized it as “outrageous.”

Some One Direction fans were more spirited:





For his part, Malik hasn’t responded via Twitter or otherwise. In fact, his most recent tweets are a week old and a bit harder to parse for malicious intent:

Perhaps this is the most sensible course of action in the face of Schlussel’s over-the-top attack.

Previous Twitchy coverage of One Direction:

Photo trending Worldwide: One Direction’s Harry Styles with baby Lux

Aussies, World obsessed with ‘One Direction’

One Direction causes “controlled mayhem” in New York

  • http://twitter.com/Stimulus4U Marty Luther

    In 1969 i involuntarily became British for a short time after I played “Revolution 9” from the Beatles White Album backwards.

    • Owen007

      My mother had a similar incident, but my father never relented. Re-enacted the Revolutionary War for a while, they did.

  • DetroitRight

    Oh there’s things I could say about that witless bitch. But I shall not. She is, as far as I am concerned, the Jewish version of Al Sharpton. Except she is a bit more crazy.

  • SuperstionQueen

    Debbie is dumb, but some of these people are dumber. How is it that you are RACIST against a RELIGION?? This is a prime example of the complete ignorance that regurgitates the catch-all (shaddup!) phrase “You’re a racist!!”.

  • $52102898

    Debbie Schlussel is 100% right, but you are just too blind to see that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aisling.bolton.71 Aisling MakeGráthelaw Bolton

      so what your saying is that racism and prejudice is right okaaaaaaaaaay why don’t you go back to the 1940’s where your views would be appreciated but here in the 21st century no one has the right to belittle and degrade an entire religion and culture because of a few extremists if that was the case I could degrade every single religion under the sun but I don’t because I have more than I brain cells

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZHX7MSX536D7MG5ANKB6Y26WYQ Laura

    Debbie is right. islam is a totalitarian political ideology, not a genuine religion.

  • http://twitter.com/Skunky66613 Skunky66613

    Debbie Schlussel tells the TRUTH. Read her site everyday and you’ll never need the frauds on THIS site. Don’t let my endorsement of DS convince you…read her site YOURSELF!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.kook.1 Robert Kook

    Looks like Malkin has a thing for this “hunkish” “lad.” How else can one explain the series of puff pieces she has written about One Direction? This topic isn’t exactly newsworthy for normal adults.

    What Debbie can do that Malkin can’t begin to do is identity subtext, to see patterns that aren’t always obvious. Debbie can also research a topic competently.

    I guess Malkin couldn’t resist writing from the crotch, especially when she could get in an envious dig at Debbie.

    • BeccaLeigh

      this was written by “twitchy staff” and doesn’t have michelle malkin’s name anywhere on it but I bet you felt better trying to insult someone over something they didn’t even do….way to go buddy!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/robert.kook.1 Robert Kook

        Oh please. It’s common knowledge in certain rarefied circles that there is bad blood between Malkin and Debbie. And suddenly an unsigned “news” story slamming Debbie shows up here and you want to pretend Malkin had nothing to do with it, even in such a small shop as yours?

        Anyway, it is traditional language that unsigned editorials represent the opinion of the editor. There is no question of plausible deniability here. And in any case, the coverage of this “lad” is regular. If Malkin doesn’t decide this sort of thing, what exactly does she do?

  • CA Oathkeeper

    have to admit…i’ve had a lot of conservatives…and I do mean a LOT…tell me to steer clear of Debbie…she’s 50/50…50% conservative…50% kookoo

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZHX7MSX536D7MG5ANKB6Y26WYQ Laura

      A lot of faux “conservatives” who are just as detrimental as liberals.

    • Owen007

      50% kookoo? That’s being kind.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZHX7MSX536D7MG5ANKB6Y26WYQ Laura

    Debbie isn’t saying the kid is a terrorist. That isn’t the point. The point is that he is promoting an ideology that calls for the subjugation and death of unbelievers. Why should we be tolerant of such a “faith”? There is nothing innocent and harmless about that. Why shouldn’t parents be concerned?

  • JeffE

    What I’m about to say Debbie has alluded to it on Twitter. Subsequent to this post, Twitchy wrote a post complaining about how Keith Olbermann and his allies had Tweeted some posts against Michelle Malkin. Well compare that post with this one, and one will find that Twitchy/Michelle Malkin is doing exactly the same thing to Debbie as Keith Olbermann and his allies did to Michelle Malkin–which makes Michelle Malkin no better than Keith Olbermann.

  • BeeKaaay

    Meanwhile, no Christian bands are becoming this popular. This is quite sad.

  • Owen007

    Who’s Debbie Schlussel? Exactly!

  • Golden Chicken

    The only person who I see, who needs to be locked up and put away is Debbie herself. I pray that one day the stick up her ass will be dislodged. Amen.

  • David Makowsky

    I would like to have a battle of wits with all of you Twitchy Fraudkin supporters who attack integrity and the truth when you attack Debbie Schlussel. However I refuse to fight unarmed opponents.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/wdelpilartcot William Del Pilar

    Agree w/Schlussel… former military and subliminal is part of a process though don’t see it here, it’s still part of the problem. No over-the-top when U realize MSM attacks anything Christian that makes it to mainstream. Surprised to see Twitchy take this ignorant stance. Though I find only one neg comment not as an attack of the blogger.

  • lolwut

    Go to the Oakland County, Michigan website and see how many times Dear Debbie has been a defendant. She’s very fond of stalking and harassing all who disagree with her.

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.kook.1 Robert Kook

      Meaning that a whole bunch of slimy types try to use lawfare against her…..and fail.