Rain Varela Staff Writer
Warning: this story contains graphic and potentially offensive material.
After causing a firestorm for the leaked video that showed him allegedly smoking pot with bandmate Zayn Malik while they were en route to a concert in Peru, One Direction member Louis Tomlinson is in further trouble for allegedly saying a racial slur in the video.
Tomlinson was apparently caught saying the word nig, a shortened of the n-word. He was heard putting on an accent before describing the drug, saying 'It’s green only, n**'. And if that isn't enough, Tomlinson was also heard in the video using the word 'gay' in a derogatory fashion. The two young men were discussing the band’s new book when Malik described it as ‘boring crap’ and ‘weird’; Tomlinson then added that it was ‘gay’.
Some One Direction fans, politicians, and anti-racism campaigners have expressed their concern over the words that were said.
‘They are adored by many people and they have a responsibility to set an example’ said John Whittingdale, Chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport select committee of the British Parliament. ‘People look up to them and admire them. If they have said this, they should make it clear that they accept they said it. They have got to understand that use of terms like this is very offensive to people.’
Meanwhile, Head of Education at Stonewall, Luke Tryl stated ‘One Direction need to get their meaning straight when they say the word 'gay'. Homophobic language is endemic in Britain’s schools and these insults can have a devastating impact on the self esteem of gay young people. The boys ought to know better and should be setting an example to their millions of fans.’
‘I'm just upset that people are defending the fact that Louis said “n**” bc that's really offensive.’ tweeted Christine, a One Direction fan. She was joined by other fans who have sent protest messages to Simon Cowell, who not only discovered and mentored the band on the UK reality show X Factor, but who also runs their record label Syco.
But it seems though, that there are people within the band who are also upset with the video. The Daily Mail, has reported that One Direction member Harry Styles is annoyed at the behavior of his two bandmates. There are also reports that Styles has chosen to fly in a different private plane from Zayn, because he does not approve of his smoking. When the band flew out of Glasgow after their BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend performance, Styles was seen boarding a private plane with bandmate Niall Horan, while Malik and Tomlinson boarded another private jet with remaining band mate Liam Payne. An insider has told The Sun that ‘Harry is annoyed about the whole debacle'.
While there are no reports on the opinion of Horan and Payne, Liam was on twitter trying to defuse the strange twitter hashtags that trended after the video was leaked. He has asked fans to ‘restore sanity’ on the popular social media site.
Horan meanwhile has not yet addressed the issue, but is still apparently in high spirits after raising £300,000 for charity from his celebrity football match. Then it seems like now there is more of a distance between the guys, as Payne has recently joined Horan and Styles in a private plane as they flew into Newcastle.
One Direction fans, what do you think about all this crazy drama? Have you left the boys behind or do you stand strong by their side?
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