Louis Tomlinson of One Direction has come under fire for not only sharing a marijuana joint with fellow band member Zayn Malik but also using a shortened version of the N-word in the same leaked video. The new clip has sent shockwaves through One Direction's young fanbase as it presents a very different image to that of the usually squeaky clean singers.
Filmed in the car on the way to a recent concert in Peru, the clip shows Zayn and Louis joking around with members of their crew and passing around a joint which is referred to as "Mary Jane," a euphemism for weed. Feathers have also been ruffled by Louis' flippant attitude towards police that they pass and is heard referring to the law enforcers as the "po po."
Tomlinson is heard seeming to say "It's green only, n**" and blowing spoke whilst sharing the joint with the other passengers. A motorcycle police officer drives past and Louis says: "He's having a look. He's thinking 'I'm sure I can smell an illegal substance in there'. And he's hit the nail on the head."
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The drug use was the first aspect of the video that hit headlines but fans appear to have decided that Louis' use of the derogatory racial language is unforgivable. Alongside dismayed tweets, several fans have uploaded images of themselves burning their tickets for upcoming 1D concerts as the popular boyband embark on a series of UK shows and prepare for a mammoth US tour.
As well as an angry online backlash from disappointed fans, the pair have also faced criticism from John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, who told the Daily Mail: "They are adored by many people and they have a responsibility to set an example."
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Other band members Harry Styles, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan are believed to have been travelling in different cars and were not seen in the video. However, Styles has allegedly hit out at his careless band members and even chose to fly in a separate private jet to perform in Sunderland last night. At the show there was no mention of the incident as the band thanked the 52,000 fans present for their support.
A spokesman for the band previously said: "This matter is in the hands of our lawyers" and declined to provide any further statement on the matter.
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