According to the newspaper, the video is from April and in it, Malik is seen allegedly lighting and smoking a joint on camera while Tomlinson is heard narrating his actions step by step. The two make jokes about smoking weed and poking fun at police officers throughout the video, saying things like “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 rep for the band told CNN’s Max Foster: “This matter is in the hands of our lawyers.”
Not surprisingly, the video has stirred up all sorts of controversy online. Some fans are outraged, others want to give the musicians a break. Directioners are passionate about their stance on either side of the issue, and that paves the way for some epic hashtags (obvi):
A lot of fans used this hashtag to show their continued support for the band, despite the alleged actions. Many also used related hashtags, like #ZouisPassMeThatBlunt, where Zouis stands for #ZaynAndLouis.
CutforBieber trended in January 2013 and was apparently started by fake fans after photos of the singer smoking weed were leaked online. The hashtag encouraged his fans to cut their wrists as a way to protest his behavior. And even though #CutForZouis also trended on Tuesday, Directioners clearly caught onto it early, tweeting about cutting into a piece of (weed) brownies instead of their wrists or, even better, asking people to stop joking about self-harm.
#NiallRaised300kWriteAboutThat: A lot of fans were seriously disturbed that #Zouis smoking garnered more media attention than Niall Horan raising 300,000 euro (that's more than $400,000) for charity. Horan organized an all-star soccer match at King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, on Tuesday, the same day the smoking video was released. His bandmates Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles, as well as Piers Morgan, all made an appearance. Ticket sales from the match benefited three autism charities in the United Kingdom.
#IMNEVERLEAVINGTHEONEDIRECTIONFAMILY: From all the tweets, it seems more fans are standing by their favorite band than leaving the fandom. As a matter of fact, this hashtag isn't used just to pledge allegiance to the band, but to also call out those who claim they're not longer Directioners because of the alleged smoking incident.
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