#removeitforzayn: Fans of Zayn Malik demand the takedown of Uma Kompton track due to its Islamophobic content

The track oscillates between referring to Malik as a terrorist and expressing some explicitly sexual desires towards the artiste


                            #removeitforzayn: Fans of Zayn Malik demand the takedown of Uma Kompton track due to its Islamophobic content
Zayn Malik (Getty Images)
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One Direction and Zayn Malik fans have formed a united front against Internet personality and singer Uma Kompton for her track 'Zayn Did 9/11' off her 2017 album 'Hey Rat'. Kompton, who originally found fame on Twitter and branched out to other social media platforms, rose to prominence following her beginnings at the end of 2015 and later released several viral hits including 'Donald Trump (Presidential C*ck In My Heart)' and 'By The River'. The 'Hey Rat' album featured four other tracks, including 'Hey Girl', which targetted Ariana Grande for her infamous donut licking incident, as well as 'RiceGum', written for the YouTube personality of the same name who previously released a video calling Kompton out and demanding that she be stopped. The latter track was also deemed racist by many, owing to anti-racist sentiments in the lyrics in addition to the use of the n-word by Kompton who many perceive to be a White woman.

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The reason for that widespread perception is that Kompton, who in addition to being labeled an internet personality is also frequently called a 'troll', does not use her real name online. Additionally, the images she used on social media actually belonged to a woman named Natalya Ulyanina, who only learned her images (as well as that of her husband's, who Kompton claimed was her cousin whom she married) had been stolen off her VK page (a Russian version of Facebook) long after Kompton had begun using them.

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Recording artist Zayn Malik attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City (Getty Images)

Regardless of her identity, however, Twitter is now seeing #removeitforzayn trending after fans realized the problematic track was up on streaming platforms as well as lyric websites like Genius. "For everyone that doesn’t know this song was made for Zayn is so disrespectful and Islamophobic," tweeted one fan, adding, "We are trending #removeitforzayn for Spotify to delete it he doesn’t deserve this." Others shared that the lyrics were "disgusting," "unbelievable," and disrespectful." One user stated, "The lyrics trigger me so much, I didn't even get 20 seconds in before shutting it off and reporting it for explicit lyrics."

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Some noted that the song was insensitive for another reason: Zayn's age. "He would hAVE BEEN E I G H T YEARS OLD WHAT IN THE H E C K," tweeted one evidently angered fan. Several others pointed out, however, that Kompton's troll status meant people should not take her words to heart. "Y’all really taking Uma Kompton seriously?!?!" asked one user, while another said, "ITS CALLED SATIRE." But as another user pointed out, "Eyy... wtf? This is tasteless even for people who write trash "songs"." Many users also pointed out that while Zayn was the focus of their Twitter campaign to have the track removed, their real reason for coming this hard at Kompton's track was because "This song promotes Islamophobia and is extremely offensive to the muslim community. This is very triggering for many people."

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Zayn Malik attends the Tom Ford Women's Fall/Winter 2018 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Park Avenue Armory on February 8, 2018 in New York City (Getty Images)

The hashtag appeared to have some effect since the song has seemingly been taken down from Spotify. Many pointed out the song was also available on several other digital streaming platforms including Apple Music and Deezer, some shared the mass reporting would only accomplish the song binge tagged 'Explicit' instead of it being totally removed, and others noted it wasn't the only song in existence: another song with the same title from an artiste named Rucka Rucka Ali was also shared by a user who added, "IDK what we can do about this but this is a different song about Z, and it's on Genius."

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Whether the song gets taken down or simply marked as containing explicit content, it's evident it has sparked a conversation about how far is too far when it comes to Internet personalities trolling artistes and their fans.