British boy band One Direction took the “Saturday Night Live” stage to perform their hit “One Thing.” The Twitterverse immediately exploded with mostly positive response from the fan’s core fan base of teen and tween girls, but not everyone was impressed.
Country singer Martina McBride — mother to a teenage girl — tweeted:
According to Emma The Beatles were just on Ed Sullivan for the 1st time. Oh wait. No. That was One Direction on SNL.
— Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) April 8, 2012
And she wasn’t the only one to invoke a Beatles comparison, though most fans stuck with the expected OMG responses and hashtags like #MadeMyLife.
Washington Post Celebritology columnist Jen Chaney, though, had a different take — invoking the nadir of “SNL” live performances, Ashlee Simpson’s 2005 lip syncing fail.
One Direction just had an Ashlee Simpson moment on #SNL. Fine, more than one.
— Jen Chaney (@chaneyj) April 8, 2012
Though this tweeter pretty much summed up the event’s significance:
“@JoeSantagato: That was probably the most viewers SNL had in a while lol. Girls love One Direction.” THIS
— Zayn’s MIRROR.(@StephLoveICONIC) April 8, 2012
What do you think? How did One Direction do on their first “SNL” appearance?