One Direction: Why the Video For ‘Steal My Girl’ Was Controversial

by Jeremy Spirogis
One Direction: Why the Video For ‘Steal My Girl’ Was Controversial

Certain artists like Madonna and Marilyn Manson have created music movies that had been clearly designed to spark controversy. One Direction weren’t video artists like that. Music movies by Harry Styles and firm tended to be vivid, enjoyable, and kid-friendly.

However, they nonetheless courted controversy. To many, their video for “Steal My Girl” appeared innocent sufficient. However, the pretty transient use of unique animals within the video impressed condemnation.

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One Direction’s ‘Steal My Girl’ and animal rights

The use of animals in tv, movie, and music movies is contentious. Some really feel it’s moral as long as the animals are handled nicely. On the opposite hand, some really feel it’s merely improper to pressure animals to work to entertain individuals.

Circuses usually spark controversies over animal welfare. The video for One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” options some kind of out of doors circus. A lion and a chimpanzee seem within the video, sparking inevitable outrage. PETA, a.ok.a. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, had been upset by the video.

PETA inform One Direction to take motion

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“Steal My Girl” by One Direction

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In response to the video for “Steal My Girl,” PETA paid for an commercial in The Hollywood Reporter decrying the therapy of animals within the leisure business. According to NME, the advert stated “Most people don’t know that wild animals used in film and television are routinely subjected to abusive training methods, such as beatings, electric shocks, psychological torment, and food deprivation.”

The BBC stated PETA requested One Direction to take motion. “PETA is asking the boys [to] immediately cut the scene with the chimpanzee and the other wild animals, pledge never to work with animals again and donate a percentage of the proceeds from the song to an organisation that rescues chimpanzees and cares for them properly.” It’s been six years for the reason that launch of the “Steal My Girl” video and no such motion has been taken. The clip stays unchanged, its scenes with unique animals nonetheless intact.

Fulwell 73, the group behind the video, responded to PETA’s criticism. They stated the animal coach who labored on the video, Steve Martin, was identified for treating animals nicely. Martin has labored on films like Dances With Wolves, The Bourne Legacy, and The Zookeeper. Members of One Direction don’t seem to have commented on the controversy publicly.

Why PETA later praised Harry Styles

Harry Styles | Handout/Helene Marie Pambrun through Getty Images

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Interestingly, PETA would later reward One Direction member Harry Styles for condemning SeaWorld at a live performance. In current years, SeaWorld has come underneath hearth for allegedly mistreating their captive animals. In an announcement, the group stated “PETA is sending Harry a stylish ‘SeaWorld Kills’ shirt and a field of vegan dolphin-shaped sweets.” Subsequently, Styles hasn’t commented on PETA or what he considered their presents.

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