If you don’t know who Logan Paul is, consider yourself blessed. In fact, feel free and click off this article, because once you know who he is, you’ll never be able to go back.
Logan Paul’s a massive Youtube star who has acquired over 15 million subscribers. He vlogs himself doing stupid stuff on the daily. He got his start back on Vine, the social sharing site equally as dead as Logan’s career.
You probably recognize his name from recent news. He’s that idiot who thought it was a good idea to vlog himself and his friends finding a suicide victim in one of Japan’s suicide forests.
While some might argue that it was a poor lapse of judgment that led to his uploading the video, I call it otherwise.If you don’t know who @loganpaul is, consider yourself blessed. Click To Tweet
In a tweet that his video editor later put out, the editor revealed that he and Logan went back and forth for hours around whether or not they’d release the video. The decision? To go for it.
In the now-deleted video, Logan can be seen laughing and joking with friends as he zooms in closer to the dead body. This incident sparked well-deserved criticism on the Internet by celebrities, content creators, and influencers for his lack of respect and complete insensitivity for the victim and his family.
Logan argues that he published the vlog to Youtube because he thought he “could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.” He thought the video would raise awareness and prevention of suicide. Deny he might, but no, Logan, you did it for the views and shock value.
The thumbnail even shows the suicide victim in the background and Logan in the front making an “OMG!” face. As though he’s the one who has endured an upsetting experience.
You knew people would click on that video. Youtubers always edit with a purpose.
But the truth? Logan has always been a hot damn mess.
Throughout his time spent in Japan, he and his friends were highly offensive, ignorant, and disrespectful to the people and culture of Japan. In his vlogs, he can be seen buying a GameBoy Color, only to smash it, and then ask the store manager for a refund by lying about what really happened to cause it to break.
He even decides that he wants to throw Pokeballs at passersby and the police. Essentially, he chose to treat actual human beings as “creatures” to be caught. Really, Logan? His whole vlog is full of disrespectful actions towards the Japanese culture, and at one point, he pulls his pants down in the middle of a busy city street.
Logan Paul represents white male privilege at its finest. He found that dead body because he walked off the trail in the forest after police told him not to. He didn’t expect any repercussions from his inappropriate behavior while traveling in Japan.
He posted that video because he thought he could get away with it. He didn’t expect to get called out on his shit. No matter how blatantly disrespectful and offensive his actions.
And he would still be doing if it wasn’t for the backlash. Logan Paul deleted his video after the criticism of his video went viral.
Youtube did not.
Logan Paul's video was reported and YouTube manually reviewed it; they decided to leave it up without even an age restriction… people who have re-uploaded it since have received strikes for graphic content. Ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/Hj9lyiQwE2
— Ben (@TrustedFlagger) January 2, 2018
If we didn’t speak up and there wasn’t any sort of public backlash, Logan would still be making those extremely offensive videos and stunts. He would still be a Youtube star and people would still consume his content.
Even though he’s stated he’s going on a “vlog break,” I call bullshit. He’s simply waiting for the backlash to subside. It’s time to make sure that we don’t let him forget what he did.Logan Paul represents white male privilege at its finest. Click To Tweet
Youtube, its creators, and the community need to take a good look at its guidelines and how content is produced on its platform. White male creators can get away with a lot and face nothing more than a slap on the wrist and a ‘strike’ on their channel. Where’s the accountability?
Logan thinks we’ll forget.
He thinks a simple apology and we will forgive him. No, we won’t forget, and we won’t forgive. His white male privilege makes him thinks we’ll move on to another topic soon and in the next few weeks, he can resume making vlogs.
Nope, sorry, Logan, not happening. Not again.