Does Ed Sheeran Deserve All The Backlash From His ‘Game Of Thrones’ Appearance (And Everything Else)?

If you’ve been on the internet or near other humans at all over the past few days, you’ve probably heard about the eventful Season 7 premiere of Game Of Thrones. Some spoiler-y plot stuff happened that we won’t talk about here (but already have here), yes, but more importantly — at least to the haters online — Ed Sheeran made a guest appearance that for some reason was instantly torn to shreds:

Sheeran’s Twitter mentions were apparently much worse than that: Just a couple weeks after calling Twitter a “headf**k” and quitting it due to all the nasty things people write about him, he doubled down on his tweeting exodus by deleting his account for real. It’s actually back online now, but his bio reads, “I don’t use this anymore, please follow me on @teddysphotos on instagram, lots of love x.”

The backlash was so intense that director Jeremy Podeswa felt the need to defend his guest star, saying in a recent interview:

“I’m a bit surprised that people have made that much fuss about it. To me, he does seem quite organic, in his own way, to the show. […] If you didn’t know that he was a pop star or an entertainer of any kind, you would think he’s just one of the guys.”