11/20/2012 04:37 pm ET Updated Nov 20, 2012

One Direction, Piers Morgan Twitter Fight: Boy Band Faces Off With CNN Host

Oddly enough, the boys of One Direction had a little something to do with the fact that #PiersMorganIsSmelly began trending worldwide on Twitter today. Early on Tuesday afternoon, British journalist and CNN host Piers Morgan, rather unexpectedly, engaged in a heated Twitter war with the members of One Direction.

It all started when Piers questioned the boys' love of British soccer player David Beckham, and then the conversation quickly evolved into something else entirely, fueled by Harry and Liam, with some back-up from Louis. To save you the trouble of scrolling through the relevant parties' Twitter feeds to try to understand what in the world was going on, we collected a few highlights from the Twitter fight below.

1. When Piers riled up One Direction by insulting David Beckham's honor.

2. When Harry tattled on Piers to Uncle Si.

3. When #PiersMorganIsSmelly began trending worldwide.

4. When Directioners 'round the Twitterverse united to abuse the 47-year-old journalist.

5. When Piers tweeted a link these embarrassing (read: awesome) photos of the guys circa middle school.

6. When Piers declared himself the winner because he had gained a loyal new following of Directioners.

7. When Liam put the argument to rest with a peace offering.

8. Oh, and meanwhile, when Zayn tweeted at Max from The Wanted calling him a "geek."



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