POPULAR BOY BAND ONE DIRECTION MEMBERS CAUGHT ON VIDEO SMOKING POT

MANILA, Philippines — Members of popular boy band One Direction were caught smoking what appeared to be marijuana inside a sports utility vehicle (SUV) as shown on a video obtained by a British news website. The five-minute footage showed Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson laughing and joking while smoking a suspicious rolled-up cigarette. Tomlinson was heard saying, “So here we are, leaving Peru. ‘Joint’ lit. Happy days!” “Joint” is slang for marijuana. The boy band was in Peru for a concert last April when the video was taken by one of its members. On March 2015, the boy band will have a two-night concert in the Philippines. Originally posted at 2:38 pm | Wednesday, May 28, 2014 THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Singing nun thanks ‘Man upstairs’ for win

A singing nun clinched the final of “The Voice of Italy” television talent show contest on Friday after winning millions of followers with her lively dance act and soulful renditions of lusty pop classics. Wearing her black habit and a crucifix around her neck, Suor Cristina Scuccia punched the air and thanked God for her victory, reciting an “Our Father” prayer to the puzzlement of organizers and audience. “I want Jesus to come in here!” said the wholesome, 25-year-old with a self-effacing manner, who was dressed in the sensible black shoes and ankle-length black skirt she has worn throughout the contest. “My presence here is not up to me, it’s thanks to the man upstairs!” said Suor Cristina after winning out against a 28-year-old hard rocker with a long curly hair who had performed “Stairway to Heaven.”
Suor Cristina, a reformed rebel who used to sing in a band and now lives with fellow nuns in Milan, has won a record contract with Universal but she hinted she might shun a full rock ’n’ roll career. “I will go back to my priorities—prayer, waking up early in the morning, school service … That’s fundamental for me to be able to begin something new later on,” the Sicily native told reporters. Called by Jesus. READ MORE...

(ALSO) NGO: No drug test, no PH entry for One Direction

Before they could be allowed to perform in the Philippines next year, British boy band One Direction members should undergo a drug test first, an anti-drugs group appealed on Monday.
And while the five-member band performs onstage in March 2015, organizers must allow anti-narcotic agents to monitor them to ensure they’re free from the influence of drugs.
These were the conditions asked by anti-drugs advocate Laban ng Pamilyang Pilipino group to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after a leaked video of One Direction members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking alleged marijuana circulated online. “If they want the concert to push through, the members should take a drug test as soon as they arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) before us and the media,” Jonathan Morales, the group’s spokesperson said in a statement. Seeking for “consideration and respect” from the band members, the group maintained that One Direction should strictly abide by the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, which deems marijuana as an illegal substance. Morales, a former PDEA agent, also warned the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on approving the visa of “drug addict performing artists” whom his group tagged as “undesirable aliens.” “Kung sa mga maliliit na mga turista ay sobra ang higpit natin, baka naman sa mga ganitong mga (suspected drug) addict na pinagkakakitaan ang ating mga kababayan ay maging maluwag tayo,” he said. (When we could be strict on common tourists, we could not just go easy on these (suspected drug) addicts who would go here just to make money.) READ MORE..

(ALSO) Pasay City govt: Calls for ban on One Direction concert premature

Calls to ban the upcoming concert of popular band One Direction are still premature as far as the Pasay City government is concerned. "At present, calls to ban One Direction from holding their concert in Pasay City are as yet premature since their concert promoter has not yet applied for a permit with the city government," city government spokesman Jonathan Malaya said on the city government's Facebook page. But Malaya said that once the concert organizers apply for a permit for the concert, they have to comply with all city laws and regulations. He added the city government will deploy an inspection team to "closely monitor" the artist’s compliance with the terms and conditions of the permit. Malaya also said the promoters will have to consider the audience's sensibilities, and that the show should not promote "bad practices." He added the city government has yet to receive a formal complaint from any person or group asking the city government to deny a permit for the concert slated for March 2015. The band is scheduled to hold a two-day concert on March 21-22, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. Fans endured long queues to buy tickets, the most expensive of which cost nearly P18,000. READ MORE...

DOES ANYONE CARE THAT ONE DIRECTION WAS CAUGHT SMOKING WEED?

Shock isn't the currency it used to be. There was a time when it was involuntary, like bruising after getting punched; you saw something shocking and you were shocked—it was reactionary, unbiased, and apolitical. But not anymore. Now it's arbitrary and targeted. If the British prime minister calls someone a twat, he's off the hook. If one of his ministers calls a pig a pleb, he's sacked. The media picks and chooses its bastards and its heroes with the arbitrary calculation of a freeway sniper. And because of this it's become very difficult to gauge what's going to rile people. This week, One Direction—the North and South of the Ask.FM generation—discovered that not even the most time-tested display of rebellion can wind people up anymore. New footage has emerged of Zayn and Louis smoking a "cannabis cigarette" in a car, in Peru. It's an age-old trope, a rite of passage. These are young guys, in a band, bored, in South America. Let's face it—it could have been a lot worse. But it's still made the news and inspired reactions that range from the indignant to the preachy to the staggeringly unfunny. The vid itself is a strange one, and after watching it several times I can't quite work out the true intentions that lay behind not only filming it but the seemingly all-too-easy leaking of it. Is it an orchestrated attempt to give the rest of the band a bit of notoriety while Harry Styles carries on cuckolding the planet like the ASOS Byron he so wishes to be? Or is it an unintentionally leaked, primary document of the One Direction experience? The closest representation we'll see until Simon Cowell ghostwrites their version of The Dirt 30 years from now? READ FULL REPORT...


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One Direction members caught on video smoking marijuana

MANILA, JUNE 9, 2014
(INQUIRER) By Nestor Corrales
 


Zayne Malik is shown here smoking a suspicious rolled-up cigarette inside an SUV while in Peru last month. SCREENGRAB from www.dailymail.co.uk

MANILA, Philippines — Members of popular boy band One Direction were caught smoking what appeared to be marijuana inside a sports utility vehicle (SUV) as shown on a video obtained by a British news website.

The five-minute footage showed Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson laughing and joking while smoking a suspicious rolled-up cigarette.

Tomlinson was heard saying, “So here we are, leaving Peru. ‘Joint’ lit. Happy days!”

“Joint” is slang for marijuana.

The boy band was in Peru for a concert last April when the video was taken by one of its members.

On March 2015, the boy band will have a two-night concert in the Philippines. Originally posted at 2:38 pm | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Singing nun thanks ‘Man upstairs’ for win Agence France-Presse June 7, 2014 | 2:05 am


Sister Cristina Scuccia. SCREENGRAB from The Voice of Italy YouTube account

MILAN, Italy—A singing nun clinched the final of “The Voice of Italy” television talent show contest on Friday after winning millions of followers with her lively dance act and soulful renditions of lusty pop classics.

Wearing her black habit and a crucifix around her neck, Suor Cristina Scuccia punched the air and thanked God for her victory, reciting an “Our Father” prayer to the puzzlement of organizers and audience.

“I want Jesus to come in here!” said the wholesome, 25-year-old with a self-effacing manner, who was dressed in the sensible black shoes and ankle-length black skirt she has worn throughout the contest.

“My presence here is not up to me, it’s thanks to the man upstairs!” said Suor Cristina after winning out against a 28-year-old hard rocker with a long curly hair who had performed “Stairway to Heaven.”

Suor Cristina, a reformed rebel who used to sing in a band and now lives with fellow nuns in Milan, has won a record contract with Universal but she hinted she might shun a full rock ’n’ roll career.

“I will go back to my priorities—prayer, waking up early in the morning, school service … That’s fundamental for me to be able to begin something new later on,” the Sicily native told reporters.

Called by Jesus

Suor Cristina said she was following Pope Francis’ appeals to bring the Catholic Church closer to ordinary people and was not shy about her newfound success.

“I have a gift to give, and I am giving it to you, what can I do about that? Jesus has called upon me. It wouldn’t be worth much if I kept it for myself,” she said.

She shot to television fame in recent months in this predominantly Catholic country with her versions of songs like “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and “Time of My Life” from the film “Dirty Dancing.”

It was a performance of Alicia Keys’ “No One” that first drew attention to her in March and she sang the tune again on Friday to cheers from an audience that included nuns from her Ursuline Order.

Tweet from Vatican
There was some confusion when one panel judge—rock star Piero Pelu—joked that she was the “devil incarnate,” prompting the host to quickly step in saying this was meant with “maximum irony.”

The talent show was also apparently being followed in the Vatican corridors of power, with top culture official Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi tweeting a quote from a Roman thinker: “If we commit injustice, God will leave us without music.”

Suor Cristina has already sung alongside Kylie Minogue and Ricky Martin during the show and Keys defined as “pure energy” Suor Cristina’s performance, which received more than 50 million YouTube hits.

She has also received a celebrity endorsement from actress Whoopi Goldberg—the star of the 1990s comedy “Sister Act,” where she is a singer playing a nun.

‘Mysterious, special force’
But Suor Cristina still defined herself as a “humble servant” and ascribed her sudden success to a “thirst for joy, for love, and a message that is beautiful and pure.”

“Since Pope Francis talks of a bible of joy I think I’m on the right track,” she said in the runup to Friday’s showdown.

Fame has brought media scrutiny, including interviews with an ex-boyfriend and with Claudia Koll, the director of the musical academy, where she trained—herself an ex-starlet who is now a lay sister.

“Cristina’s personal journey has brought her to maturity and artistic fullness, thanks to a mysterious and special force. By giving herself to the Lord, she has enriched her art,” Koll said earlier.

Novelty value
Suor Cristina has said she was once distant from religion but was inspired to be a nun when she auditioned for a part in a musical about the founder of the Ursuline Order, St. Angela Merici.

She became a novice in 2009 and worked for two years with poor children in Brazil before formally joining the order, although she still has to take her final vows.

She may have won audience hearts but her popularity is not universal, even in Italy, and critics have ascribed her success more to novelty value than talent.

Singer Emma Marrone, who represented Italy in this year’s Eurovision song contest, complained that the sensation surrounding the nun was “an insult to show business.”

NGO: No drug test, no PH entry for One Direction By Julliane Love de Jesus
INQUIRER.net June 2, 2014 | 4:43 pm

Liam Payne of One Direction performs on stage during Radio1′s Big Weekend at Glasgow Green in Glasgow Scotland Saturday May 24, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Before they could be allowed to perform in the Philippines next year, British boy band One Direction members should undergo a drug test first, an anti-drugs group appealed on Monday.

And while the five-member band performs onstage in March 2015, organizers must allow anti-narcotic agents to monitor them to ensure they’re free from the influence of drugs.

These were the conditions asked by anti-drugs advocate Laban ng Pamilyang Pilipino group to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after a leaked video of One Direction members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking alleged marijuana circulated online.

“If they want the concert to push through, the members should take a drug test as soon as they arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) before us and the media,” Jonathan Morales, the group’s spokesperson said in a statement.

Seeking for “consideration and respect” from the band members, the group maintained that One Direction should strictly abide by the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, which deems marijuana as an illegal substance.

Morales, a former PDEA agent, also warned the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on approving the visa of “drug addict performing artists” whom his group tagged as “undesirable aliens.”

“Kung sa mga maliliit na mga turista ay sobra ang higpit natin, baka naman sa mga ganitong mga (suspected drug) addict na pinagkakakitaan ang ating mga kababayan ay maging maluwag tayo,” he said.

(When we could be strict on common tourists, we could not just go easy on these (suspected drug) addicts who would go here just to make money.)

In a phone interview with INQUIRER.net, Morales added that his group will formalize their request to the PDEA office on Tuesday.

“This is to show them that we are serious in this appeal,” he said.

The video, obtained by the United Kingdom-based Daily Mail, appears to have been filmed by 22-year-old Tomlinson in the back of a car in Peru during the South American leg of the boy band’s world tour.

Tomlinson says in the video: “So here we are, leaving Peru. Joint lit. Happy days!”

At one point he asks his bandmate, “What do you think Zayn about that kind of content?” The 21-year-old Malik responds: “Very controversial.”

A motorcycle police officer drives past and Tomlinson 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.”

One Direction’s Manila concert has been extended for two days due to the large volume of expected audiences.

FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Pasay City govt: Calls for ban on One Direction concert premature June 4, 2014 1:50pm

Calls to ban the upcoming concert of popular band One Direction are still premature as far as the Pasay City government is concerned.

"At present, calls to ban One Direction from holding their concert in Pasay City are as yet premature since their concert promoter has not yet applied for a permit with the city government," city government spokesman Jonathan Malaya said on the city government's Facebook page.

But Malaya said that once the concert organizers apply for a permit for the concert, they have to comply with all city laws and regulations.

He added the city government will deploy an inspection team to "closely monitor" the artist’s compliance with the terms and conditions of the permit.

Malaya also said the promoters will have to consider the audience's sensibilities, and that the show should not promote "bad practices."

He added the city government has yet to receive a formal complaint from any person or group asking the city government to deny a permit for the concert slated for March 2015.

The band is scheduled to hold a two-day concert on March 21-22, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. Fans endured long queues to buy tickets, the most expensive of which cost nearly P18,000.

Drug testing and concert ban

Anti-drugs advocacy group Laban ng Pamilyang Pilipino (LPP) on Monday urged the members of One Direction to undergo drug tests before they perform in the country next year.

This call was made after a video of two members of the group (Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson) allegedly smoking marijuana went viral last week.

The said video, obtained by United Kingdom-based Daily Mail, was said to have been recorded while the band was in Peru for the South American leg of their 2014 world tour.

“If they want the concert to push through, the members should take a drug test as soon as they arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) before us and the media,” Jonathan Morales, the group's founder said in a press conference.

Additionally, the group wants the singers to be monitored by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) officers before and during the concert to assure that they are not under the influence of drugs.

LPP strongly pressed for these conditions to be implemented noting that the country has the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, a law declaring marijuana as illegal in the Philippines.

"We will request that all baggages of the group to be thoroughly inspected and that they undergo the normal process of inspection," LPP posted in their Facebook group.

Furthermore, Morales insisted that the group is not setting a good example to their millions of fans who are mostly young teenagers.

"Handa ang aming grupo na pangunahan ang Sambayanang Pilipino na tiyakin ang kaligtasan ng milyon-milyong mga Pilipino na umiidolo sa grupo ng One Direction sa pamamagitan ng pagsusulong ng no drug test, no entry sa Pilipinas," Morales emphasized.

Meanwhile, an official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) pressed the government to ban the English-Irish band from performing in the country next year.

"If you are for your people will you allow your people to be poisoned?...As a government that vowed to protect its people it should have the power to use that force," said Fr. Kunegundo Garganta, executive secretary of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY), in an interview.

The CBCP official encouraged the youth to support other groups who are more "positive" instead.

"There are a number of positive group or bands who are also popular and being idolized not because they are flip or stoned," Garganta added. —Janelle Cosino and Joel Locsin/KG, GMA News

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DOES ANYONE CARE THAT ONE DIRECTION WAS CAUGHT SMOKING WEED? By Clive Martin May 29 2014 17 Share on Tumblr submit Print


Photo by Jake Lewis

Shock isn't the currency it used to be. There was a time when it was involuntary, like bruising after getting punched; you saw something shocking and you were shocked—it was reactionary, unbiased, and apolitical. But not anymore.

Now it's arbitrary and targeted. If the British prime minister calls someone a twat, he's off the hook. If one of his ministers calls a pig a pleb, he's sacked. The media picks and chooses its bastards and its heroes with the arbitrary calculation of a freeway sniper. And because of this it's become very difficult to gauge what's going to rile people.

This week, One Direction—the North and South of the Ask.FM generation—discovered that not even the most time-tested display of rebellion can wind people up anymore.

New footage has emerged of Zayn and Louis smoking a "cannabis cigarette" in a car, in Peru. It's an age-old trope, a rite of passage. These are young guys, in a band, bored, in South America. Let's face it—it could have been a lot worse. But it's still made the news and inspired reactions that range from the indignant to the preachy to the staggeringly unfunny.

The vid itself is a strange one, and after watching it several times I can't quite work out the true intentions that lay behind not only filming it but the seemingly all-too-easy leaking of it.

Is it an orchestrated attempt to give the rest of the band a bit of notoriety while Harry Styles carries on cuckolding the planet like the ASOS Byron he so wishes to be? Or is it an unintentionally leaked, primary document of the One Direction experience? The closest representation we'll see until Simon Cowell ghostwrites their version of The Dirt 30 years from now?

It's hard to say, really. On one hand the act doesn't seem forced or faked. But then again, why are they filming it so brazenly? After all, nothing really happens in it—it's a shitty video. And how did it leak when they're only really surrounded by their own people? Something fishy is afoot, and I think the motivations lay somewhere between scandal and accident. It seems like they want to get caught, like they're wilfully creating negative publicity.

Even if Zayn and Louis are trying to establish some kind of bad-boy status, in actuality they come off more like the stars of a dated anti-drugs video you might have seen in a ninth-grade health class lesson. Normal lads who think it's OK to smoke a bit of weed, only to find themselves selling their bodies for doobies a week later. The sort of thing some fat cop would come into your school and show you, before explaining that it's only a matter of time before the nuggets turn into needles.

Getting caught with weed is not just a long-established trope of British popular culture but a rite of passage for boy bands. In fact, it's practically a cliché. It started with the Stones and the Beatles, who were caught unawares and probably regarded to be quite subversive at the time, then actually got in trouble with the law.

But it quickly descended into a series of PR-managed wrist slaps for any pop groups needing an extra press push at the turn of the millennium. S Club 7, for example, was caught stinking of sticky green in Covent Garden at 4:30 PM—an act of public blazing so flagrant that even guys I know who wake 'n' bake on Christmas morning probably wouldn't risk it.

Then came Birmingham bad boys 5ive, who controversially told Sky Magazine in 2000 that "It grows, it's natural. And if you believe in God, how can anything that grows be illegal?" For that brief moment, they were British pop music's answer to Bill Hicks, had he believed in God and shaved lines into his eyebrows.

It was an era when smoking weed still was pretty shocking to the masses, as unlikely teen hearthrob Mikey Graham from Boyzone found out when he was dropped as the face of ASDA grocery stores for merely suggesting that the herb be legalized. But is that still the case in 2014?

The media seems to be unimpressed and relatively unshocked yet still aware that drugs and rock 'n' roll are two of the three things most likely to sell papers—and, as such, are happy to plaster it across their pages. Still, the tone of judgment has shifted, and smoking weed now seems to be regarded in the same way that being a bit of a ladies' man always has been: cheekily, with eyebrows raised. (At least Peter Hitchens is keeping it real.)

From Miley Cyrus to Wiz Khalifa to Rihanna, Bieber, and Snoop, smoking weed is still viewed as a way to set yourself aside from the suits and Scientology crowd. But why? Because it's illegal? Piers Morgan got done for speeding, and nobody thinks he's cool.

Smoking weed just isn't very dangerous anymore—I mean, it's practically legal in America. It's permeated culture so deeply—from the pop stars trying to get caught to the prime minister boasting of "perfectly normal university experiences"—that it seems bizarre how it can still raise any kind of scandal at all. Barack Obama admits he was in some weird Hawaiian version of a stoner gang, and we're still supposed to be surprised that two guys in a boy band are smoking? Unless you've got some kind of Kyuss-hating Eliot Ness on your case, the police don't even really care that much.

In a world where the “legalize it" debate still rages, watching the media reaction is an interesting way to gauge the moral stance on the leaf. And looking at the reception to Zayn and Louis’s Harold and Kumar moment, it seems like most outlets are almost proud of the naughty young men these boys are becoming, giving their tacit approval with a wink and awful jokes, like, "Looks like the only direction they’re going is higher."

The odd evangelical 1D fan aside, it’s clear that most people are a long way from being shocked by weed. I have my own reservations about the realities of a world where weed is sold illicitly in dingy liquor stores, but smoking it is now just part of our shared culture. It's an utterly predictable teenage rite of passage—something that we think is cool for a bit, before realizing that it’s not. So not unlike One Direction, really.


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