Some fans who have watched the video claim Tomlinson can be heard using an abbreviated version of the N-word.
While may not be clear what exactly Tomlinson says on first viewing, watch the clip again and pay close attention to the part where Tomlinson shouts at the driver around the 2:20 mark.
Yup. Not only did he say it, he used it in as an insult. Let's hope this is the result of a severe cultural misunderstanding that Louis will clarify in a sincere apology.
Tomlinson is only 22, of course, but that hardly gives him an excuse, particularly since the controversial clip features him being chauffeured around Peru in preparation for a tour date in Chile.
The 1D boys may be young, but they've traveled the globe and supposedly take pride in their large, diverse fan base. They should certainly know well enough not to use hateful words in a joking fashion.
The video has received considerable attention for One Direction's (mostly very young) fans with "Zouis" instantly becoming a trending topic on Twitter and many expressing their hope that Tomlinson and Malik will soon publicly address the topic of the controversial clip.