Harry Styles is reportedly upset over his One Direction bandmates appearing in a video while smoking and discussing marijuana. The bandmates in question were Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik. Remaining band members Niall Horan and Liam Payne were not involved in the incident.
The five minute video, filmed by Tomlinson, portrays Malik smoking what appears to be a marijuana joint, while the two of them discuss the subject. One of the two men riding in the front of the vehicle was asking if they were allowed to discuss contraband in the vehicle. Tomlinson is heard asking Malik how the alleged marijuana joint tastes.
Styles is allegedly furious with the pair, feeling that they put the band’s North America leg of their current tour in jeopardy. The five boys are set to kick off in Toronto on August 1, 2014. Styles holds fear that what he calls Tomlinson and Malik’s reckless actions may possibly cost them the entire North American tour altogether. He is concerned that North American immigration authorities may block the boys from having entry into the continent in order to make an example of them and put a stop to the current trend of drug using celebrities crossing the border.
The 20 year-old Worcestershire born heartthrob is not the only one who is upset over his bandmates filming the marijuana video. Tomlinson’s father has reportedly expressed his deep disappointment in his son’s actions, expressing his view that fame and fortune has changed him, and not for the better. The father believes that achieving such a large level of international status at such a young age has warped his son’s view on what acceptable behavior is, and that Tomlinson needs a serious talking to concerning the incident. Tomlinson had allegedly made previous vows never to use drugs or get a tattoo (of which the singer has around 28 of so far).
The reaction among One Direction fans is mixed, although the consequences of Tomlinson and Malik’s actions can so far be classified as severe. Many young fans have conveyed disgust and shame for the boy’s actions, even going so far as to burn their tickets to the aforementioned North American leg of the Where We Are tour. On the other hand, the copycat effect that parents dread occurring to their impressionable young has reportedly already started to occur. One Direction fans as young as 11 have already taken to social media to express their desire to begin smoking cannabis due to Malik looking attractive while doing so, one of them claiming that it was “the hottest thing to ever exist”.
Concerned parents also have their work cut out for them in terms of shielding their children from the reality of Tomlinson and Malik’s video of alleged drug use. The concept of having to explain to their children that using drugs is not acceptable (and for some parents of younger One Direction fans, having to explain what drugs are to begin with), is not one that is easily accepted by most parents. They, too, are angry with the two boys for exposing this way of life to the youth who idolized them to no end, who were convinced the five boys could do no wrong. The band’s squeaky clean image has been tarnished for parents, and in a way that is not easily rectifiable.
There is also the possibility that this recent incident will cause a rift in the band, possibly resulting in separation. The rumors that the band is splitting up have been circulating for months, beginning when Styles expressed his intent to record a solo album. However, there are reports that the band is under contract for two more albums, although it is unclear how recent events will affect this. The manager of the Best Song Ever chart-toppers, legendary producer and former American Idol judge Simon Cowell, has yet to respond to the matter.
Although Harry Styles is undoubtedly upset over his bandmates marijuana video, it is unclear how the clip will affect their upcoming North American tour. It is clear, however, that the decision the two boys made is not sitting well with the public.
By Rebecca Grace