*Louis Tomlinson of the British pop band One Direction made headlines today after a leaked video showed him sharing a marijuana joint with band member Zayn Malik, and saying what appeared to be a shortened version of the N-word.
Louis filmed and narrated the video from a car en route to a recent concert in Peru. The clip shows Louis joking around with Zayn and members of their crew while passing around a joint, which Louis refers to as “Mary Jane.” He seems to get a kick out of referring to police as “the po po.”
Then, while responding to a crew member who says “It’s supposed to be green s**t,” Louis shouts, “It’s green only! Nig!”
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.”
A torrent of backlash from their teen fans ensued. According to reports, the weed smoking was the first to make headlines, but it was his clipped use of the N-word that caused fans to express outrage on Twitter. Several posted pics of themselves burning their tickets for the band’s upcoming UK concerts, according to the Daily Mail.
Louis and Zayn 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.”
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.
Watch below at the 3:15 mark: