One Direction: Seaworld Criticism Gains Speed, PETA Praises Harry Styles

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Jul. 12 2015, Updated 12:50 p.m. ET

In the midst of the North American leg of their On the Road Again (OTRA) tour, One Direction is also taking on Action2015, a charity project that they hope brings a positive change to the world. It seems that Harry Styles’ hope is to help the dolphins, much to the pleasure of PETA.

Last week, 21-year-old Styles was captured on video requesting that people stop visiting SeaWorld for the sake of the dolphins. Styles, who has more than 20 million followers on Twitter, has started a trend that’s being shared by both fans and fellow musicians: #DontgotoSeaworld.

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Indonesian station Prambors Radio also joined in, posting a photoshopped picture of Styles sitting on a dolphin.

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After PETA’s senior vice president Lisa Lange heard about Styles’ request to help the dolphins, she released a statement, praising the boy bander for his humanitarian efforts.

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“It’s no surprise that Harry Styles knows what young people care about–they love animals, and they hate businesses that hurt them, like SeaWorld’s orca prisons do. PETA hopes that One Direction’s devoted fans will join the thousands of people around the world who are calling on SeaWorld to retire the orcas to coastal sanctuaries.”

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SeaWorld, however, wasn’t too pleased with Styles mentioning their profitable business to his entourage of supporters. Company representatives offered to educate Styles on “what Seaworld is really about.”

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Some Twitter users sided with SeaWorld, accusing Styles of “not really caring” and just using SeaWorld as a platform for more exposure for his band. Others took it a step further and downright insulted Styles, stating that he owes Seaworld for his awkward dance moves.

Yet, clever One Direction fans didn’t disappoint. They created several creative vines of Styles, showcasing his signature water spitting during concert clips, indicating that SeaWorld is useless when you have your own Styles to perform the same moves, yet without caging animals.

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Meanwhile, One Direction’s efforts to help change the world for the better also caught the attention of Hillary Clinton. She took to Twitter to praise the boys, stating that everyone’s help is needed to get the planet in better shape.

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“The boys are right. We need everyone’s help to get the planet moving in the right direction.”

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To see Harry Styles perform his signature “water spitting” dance moves, be sure to check One Direction out as they finish the North American leg of their OTRA tour. Although there are no promises that he’ll splash the stage with water, he’s certain to promote positivity.

[Photos Courtesy of Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images]

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