Anti-Drug Advocates Demand Drug Test For One Direction

By McCarton Ackerman 03/16/15

Fans took to Twitter to stop anti-drug activists from succeeding.

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One Direction fans have moved on from the 2014 photo of band members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking a joint, but anti-drug advocates in the Philippines haven’t and are demanding the group be drug tested.

The British boy band is scheduled to play on March 21 and 22 at the SM Mall of Asia in Manila, but local organization Laban ng Pamilyang Pilipino is urging the country’s Bureau of Immigration to test the group when they enter the country. They’ve used the image of Malik smoking cannabis during 1D’s trip to Peru last summer and added the slogan, “No drug test, no entry!” The organization has insisted that they’re only concerned “for the welfare of their fans.”

One Direction has yet to comment, but their fans have already stepped in and made #StopTheDRUGTESTfor1DPH trend on Twitter earlier this week. One fan pointed out how the band helped the Philippines in their time of crisis and declared that “it’s not right to repay the boys like that after everything they did to help the Philippines when they had a typhoon.”

Malik has dodged rumors of drug use in recent months. After pulling a no-show at a TODAY show performance last November to promote the band’s new album, Matt Lauer grilled the remaining One Direction members about his drug use. Liam Payne refused to take the bait and insisted Malik had a stomach bug, while those in the audience began booing Lauer and 1D fans took to Twitter to slam his line of questioning.

Malik later denied any form of drug use, telling the Daily Sun that he was “really angry and upset by what was said. I was really ill at the weekend. That’s why I couldn’t fly to America.“ He rejoined the group at their next promotional appearance and refused to comment further on Lauer’s accusation.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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