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Let's talk turkey: Niall Horan's no laughing matter

Ciara O'Connor


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Niall Horan

Niall Horan

Niall Horan

An international incident was narrowly avoided last week after Dustin the Turkey's lack of deference was brought to the attention of the worldwide One Direction fandom. A clip of Niall Horan from Comic Relief went (somewhat belatedly) viral last week, as thousands of fans tweeted RTE and Ray D'Arcy and anyone else they could think of, to demand respect for Niall Horan.

A misunderstanding of Shakespearean proportions, the clip appeared to show Niall interrupted mid-flow to be upbraided for not being Harry Styles. It was perhaps an inflammatory joke that isn't a joke for a fandom very protective of the man they have long felt to be overlooked and under-appreciated by the mainstream Harry-fixated media.

As #RespectNiallHoran trended worldwide, plaintive tweets such as, ''Niall is a really talented musician and he deserves respect so don't dare say that you didn't want to hear his music and that you prefer Harry's, like can you just shut the hell up! He performed a really beautiful song and they just interrupted him," provided endless smug entertainment for Ireland - because if there's anything we like more than laughing at teenagers, it's laughing at Yanks and their incredible capacity to miss the joke.