At Least 70 Dead Refugees Found in Truck on Austria Highway
The Number Of Dead Refugees Found Suffocated In An Abandoned Truck Was Officially Corrected To 70. The bodies were discovered on Thursday piled on top of each other in a
cargo container in a vehicle parked off the highway in Burgenland state,
already partly decomposed. It was not immediately clear how long the truck had been in the area,
where temperatures in recent days had been as high as 90 degrees.
Forensic teams were dealing with the discovery, with police initially
only being able to say the vehicle was “full of bodies."
I understand that we don’t know half of what went down behind closed doors (ha !) but the fact that this was the first time Zayn actually PUBLICLY @-ed one of his ex bandmates and I dare to risk ex-best friends since his departure while chose to NOT jump in when NB bullied and called 1D fans a joke, and then decided to speak up now of all times and side with NB AND chose to use this tone in his one and only fucking tweet is some next level shitty behavior.
For One Direction fans, the first half of this year has been a particularly trying time. Zayn Malik, one of the band’s founding and most popular members, announced he was leaving the group to embark on a solo career, only a few weeks after he told fans that he was abandoning the tour because of stress.
And while the four remaining members—Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Liam Payne—are continuing their world tour and working on a fifth album, fans have been distracted by the group’s social media mud-slinging. It’s a unique part of being an enthusiastic pop music fan in 2015—not only are you watching your favorite band fall apart in real time, you’re being somewhat forced into publicly taking sides.
Post-breakup beefs that were previously confined to gossip reports and carefully controlled interviews are now regularly appearing on social media. And fans—who have helped build these pop stars’ careers on Twitter and Instagram—now feel obligated to weigh in on which side they think is “winning” with hashtags and retweets.
When Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls in 1998, there was no social media to speak of. Her end with the band was marked by a flurry of U.K. tabloid reportsabout bad blood between the girls, but it was mostly just rumors. Years later, the Spice Girls joke about it on TV and say that none of it ever happened.
Now, however, bands (and fans) have to deal with very public battles in a very public forum. On Wednesday, One Direction member Tomlinson responded to a thinly veiled dig from Malik’s producer, Naughty Boy. Malik fired back with a cutting message.
Fans responded swiftly, backing Tomlinson and making #TOMLINSONSLAYSAGAIN the number one worldwide trending topic on Twitter.
Similarly, at the end of March, the hashtag “#SuspendNaughtyBoy” was gaining traction after the producer released a demo version of a track that he and Malik had made together.
Noel Gallagher, the former Oasis guitarist, recently called Malik an “idiot” for leaving One Direction. “It’s a strange thing for that lad to have done at that age,” he told Rolling Stone. “The greatest quote was—I laughed out loud when I read it—‘I just want to be a normal 22-year-old.’ Pfft. Who wants to be a normal 22-year-old?!”
While Gallagher certainly knows a thing or two about a public band breakup, it’s decidedly different for Malik. While he may never be able to be a “normal 22-year-old,” it’s also impossible for him to leave the most popular boy band without pissing off a few million followers.