Fans were understandably upset with Bill's racist joke that Zayn was like terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, when he said recently on Real Time With Bill Maher: "I think after everything we've been through, I at least deserve the common respect of being told face to face [that you quit One Direction]. Just tell me two things, Zayn. Which one in the band were you? And where were you during the Boston Marathon?"
Um. No. Just no.
As a result, a petition was created to urge Bill to apologize for the offensive remark. Check out the petition, which states: "This is completely unacceptable. Racism should not become normalised especially on NATIONAL TELEVISION. Bill Maher and whoever wrote the script, need to be severely disciplined and at least apologise to show that this type of behaviour is NEVER ok."
Last year, comedian Jon Stewart came under fire for appearing to joke that Zayn was a terrorist. The Daily Show did (sort of) apologize, but Jon later joked about the enthusiasm of One Direction fans.