Philippines Orders One Direction To Post "Weed Bonds" & It Sounds Like They'll Definitely Be Able To Afford It — UPDATE
If One Direction had any plans to roll up joints this weekend, they better reconsider that idea. At least if the Philippines Bureau of Immigration has anything to say about it. Two members of One Direction were ordered to post "weed bonds" worth roughly $5,000 each ahead of the band's scheduled shows in Manila on March 21 and 22.
(Update: According to the band's publicist, Zayn Malik will not be part of the Manila and Jakarta concerts. A statement released by the publicist reads, "Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.")
The bonds were specifically requested for band members Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, both of whom were seen supposedly smoking marijuana together in an online video last year that went viral. According to The Guardian, an anti-drug group was the first to make a demand for the bonds. The way it works is that Tomlinson and Malik will have to forfeit the bond if they are caught either using or promoting the use of illegal drugs during the weekend.
At first glance, the stakes might not seem so high (no pun intended). After all, let's face it, One Direction is at a point in their career where they can probably afford to lose $10,000 without much damage. But get this, if the promoter of the band doesn't post a bond for Tomlinson and Malik, they might not get the Special Work Permit for the country. In other words, no concerts. Yikes!
It looks like if they still want to perform, there will be no lighting up for them, with fingers pointed specifically at two of them. This has to be awkward for Tomlinson and Malik.
On top of that, the anti drug group is also requesting that the boys be tested for drugs ahead of their performance. They might even request that officers monitor the band to make sure they remain drug free while in the country. It is not confirmed whether those will be requirements, but it looks like the bonds will still stand at this point. There has been no comment from the band yet, but hopefully they can work something out with the Bureau. After all, they probably do not want to disappoint their fans by missing a performance if for whatever reason they did not choose to post the bond.
Either way, it's likely that Tomlinson and Malik are feeling embarrassed right now. After all, the video sent some shockwaves through their young fan base (as well as the fans' parents, of course) and could have potentially put a small dent in the band's squeaky clean image for some families. This is probably the last thing they want to be reminded of before a show, but hopefully they will come to a good agreement with the Bureau and figure everything out before showtime. After all, they probably want everyone to enjoy themselves as much as possible.
But in the meantime, be on your best behavior, boys!