British tabloid rag The Daily Mail leaked a video Wednesday that shows One Direction’s Zayn Malik allegedly smoking a joint in Peru as filmed by his fellow bandmate Louis Tomlinson.
The two were in a van leaving Peru during the South American leg of their Where We Are tour at the time of the incident. Fellow One Direction members Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne were not present.
Louis’ distinct voice can be heard narrating the five minute video. At one point, as Zayn takes a long drag on the purported joint, Louis goes: “That’s just Zayn warming up before the show. Zayn takes his job very seriously. He makes sure he goes through a two hour intense warm-up regime before every show… One very important part to Zayn’s warm up is, of course, Mary J herself.”
Zayn then starts singing little bits of pieces of songs by R&B singer Mary J. Blige, turning the blatant drug reference into a double entendre.
They joke about how the policemen driving on motorcycles alongside them probably know what they’re up to in their van, they talk about chicken and then Louis surprisingly drops a shortened version of the n-word.
He later dauntingly muses, “I’m just wondering if this will come back to me? maybe. maybe not.”
Asides from a curt statement saying the matter is now in the hands of lawyers, there has been no official comment from One Direction.
For the curious, the video is still available on the Daily Mail’s website.
We wish we could say the whole incident is a surprise, but we can’t. Like teen idols Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus before them, One Direction’s squeaky clean image is starting to crack. We’re just surprised it hasn’t happened sooner. After all, the boys are all in their early twenties
Reactions by One Direction fans have been mixed: there’s a purported photo of one fan holding a light next to her One Direction tickets, while others are making light of the situation with jokes.
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Jokes aside, we’re hoping this recent gaffe won’t affect their travel plans when they go stateside for the North American leg of their tour. Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson was denied entry into the United States after she confessed to using cocaine while under oath.
What do you think of the video? Is it not a big deal? Or do you feel betrayed by the reported drug use and/or Louis’ use of a the racial slur?