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This is Part Two of One Direction Weed Scandal: The Aftermath. This is the part in which the actual sinners, Louis and Zayn, remain silent, but Liam tweets apologetic things on their behalf.

 <-- Zouis: Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson, AKA The Guilty Parties

The now infamous Weed Video appeared on the Daily Mail website on May 28. When asked to comment, One Direction's management told the Media that "The matter is in the hands of the lawyers."

Meanwhile the One Direction fanbase, was basically going insane, particularly on Twitter. Some frankly disturbing things started to trend worldwide. Examples: "Cut for Zouis", "Skin for Zouis", etc. (The first one was a suggestion that people cut themselves in honor of the scandal, and the second, an exhortation to post naked pictures of themselves... so, yeah, bad, bad stuff.)

Since Zouis themselves were probably on lockdown, it was Liam, the designated responsible daddy of the group, who went on Twitter to calm things down. His tweets: (all spelling errors and lack of punctuation come from the source. Responsible he may be, but a good speller, his is not...)

Liam Payne @Real_Liam_Payne · May 28

Woah there's some pretty weird shit going on ATM everyone just calm down and don't do anything stupid cuz u can't take it back

I know some people are having a laugh and that's all well and good but some people will take this shit serious so I suggest we stop

Today is such a weird day why don't we do a #wearahoodyfor1d or a #WearAsManyClothesAsYouCanAtOnceFor1D

And this did succeed to change the tone. #WearAsManyClothesAsYouCanAtOnceFor1D actually started trending... Ahhhha. (As did #thankyouLiam - it's good to be daddy.)

of course, this didn't address the problem, it was just a response to the sick twitter trends. But for the next three days, these tweets were the only communications coming from the 1D camp that even indirectly addressed the firestorm.

It wasn't until May 31 that again, daddy Liam went back onto Twitter with a more formal statement, both to defend the band from media criticism, citing a specific article written for the Daily Mail by Jan Moir, and kinda, sorta, vaguely apologizing for "going sideways".

Liam Payne @Real_Liam_Payne · May 31

Just read a daily mail article written by Jan Moir some of which I totally agree with but some things you are far off your game my friend

Think you'll find I've written a lot of the next album and songs on the last I play piano Niall plays guitar that ok?

like so many writers before, consistently get things wrong looking down there noses thinking they are oh so right

Anyway thank you for your lovely words mrs moir sorry we let you down so fantastically maybe next time a little research is in order

I love my boys and maybe things have gone a little sideways I apologise for that.We are only in our 20's we all do stupid things at this age

We all have a lot of growing up to do in an extreme circumstance I'm not making excuse but it's fact we are gunna fall short somewhere

Hopefully we stand the test of time an get it right in the end I don't take this for granted and im extremely grateful to be here doing this

Thank you to everyone who has stuck with us through this just know that we love you guys for it and it means the world

So, to review what this does and doesn't say... It doesn't mention the weed, it doesn't mention Louis' use of the N-word. It apologizes for going sideways, but not for anything specific.

It also plays the youth card as an excuse for bad behavior, which is probably the part that has received the most objections. Because, actually, it isn't true that everyone in their 20's goes off the rails.

Liam actually does a good job defending the band from Jan Moir's main criticisms. The boys have actually steadily improved their musicianship, song writing and singing. And they have always gone overboard with thanks and appreciation for their young fans.

Moir's article has other harsh things to say about the scandal, and Liam admits right up front that he agrees with much of the article. So in that regard, he gains some credibility points.

And, this "apology" has generally been accepted as an official response. And it is in fact the only official words spoken in the two weeks since the scandal broke.

As a piece of PR, this seems to have mostly succeeded. The biggest flaw, of course, is that the two culprits have remained silent on the issue. But, hey, it got some nice publicity for Liam...

 <--Daddy, yeah, I'm sure he's very, very responsible.

Next up will be all about Delicious Poultry Dinners...


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