- Controversial YouTube star Logan Paul, who faced scrutiny last month for uploading a video that showed the body of a suicide victim, is under fire once again.
- YouTube has temporarily suspended ads on Paul’s videos after he tasered dead rats in a recent video.
- YouTube stars and Twitter users reacted to Paul’s antics, with many furious and a tad confused, calling for YouTube to rid itself of Paul for good.
Not only has YouTube had enough of Logan Paul, but some prominent YouTubers have, as well.
Outside of those who follow YouTube culture, Logan Paul may have been a stranger to many before January. But after two controversial videos and action taken by the video platform itself, the YouTube star’s antics are reaching the masses.
Paul rose to video prominence on now-defunct video platform Vine, and has over 16 million subscribers on YouTube. He made $US12.5 million last year, accoriding to Forbes.
But now YouTube has temporarily suspended ads on Paul’s videos following one in which he tasered dead rats. This comes after another controversial video he uploaded made headlines in January, when he appeared with a dead body in Japan’s “suicide forest.”
Many, including some big-time YouTubers, spoke out on Twitter and YouTube itself to talk about the Logan Paul situation.
Well-established YouTube star Casey Neistat, who has almost 9 million subscribers and sold a company to CNN for $US25 million, posted a video to YouTube Friday titled “about Logan Paul,” in which he announced that he’d interviewed YouTube’s Chief Business Officer, Robert Kyncl, about the future of the platform in the aftermath of Paul’s actions. He will post the interview on Monday.
“Back around the New Year when all the Logan Paul sh– was going down, as a human being I was obviously frustrated and p—ed off and offended by his actions,” Neistat said at the beginning of the video. “How I felt as a YouTuber, as somebody who depends on this platform, I was nervous and anxious as to how Logan’s actions might negatively affect the entire platform.”
Phillip DeFranco, another YouTube personality with over 6 million subscribers, who hosts a political news show, took to Twitter to voice his concerns with Paul. He sarcastically came to “Logan’s defence.”
“Who of us hasn’t used a taser on dead animals, bragged about the 1 million new subs we gained during our suicide exploitation scandal, and made a video asking people about the suicide video so we could use our suicide video tags on a monetized video?” DeFranco tweeted.
DeFranco also tweeted that he hoped YouTube would post a specific policy regarding its move against Paul.
Now that YouTube has taken steps to punish Paul, other notable YouTube stars, along with plenty of Twitter users, are voicing their distaste for him
Catch some of the reactions from YouTubers:
1. This is a massive move on YouTube’s part.
2. I hope they release specific policy regarding how this move works.
3. The next step IMO should be the at least temporary suspension of his ability to hit Trending. Controversy/trending has been his biggest channel grower. https://t.co/xhrLwqpptD
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) February 9, 2018
In Logan’s defense I mean who of us hasn’t used a taser on dead animals, bragged about the 1 million new subs we gained during our suicide exploitation scandal, and made a video asking people about the suicide video so we could use our suicide video tags on a monetized video? pic.twitter.com/fQWGyzo0Ic
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) February 9, 2018
Buddy, the bar for your return was set SO low. The only instruction was to “stay away from the corpses for awhile, bro.” pic.twitter.com/JNkZOjzOkA
— Caitlin Doughty (@TheGoodDeath) February 9, 2018
I had hoped, and believed, that Logan Paul would learn from all of this and come out of it a better person who does better things.
I still hope for that.
I no longer believe its likely though.
— Boo!ghoul2988 (@Boogie2988) February 9, 2018
And here are some of the other ways people are reacting on Twitter:
Maybe the "vlogging a corpse" thing is the first time you heard of Logan Paul but as someone who's been in the trenches for a while, his whole career is built on the exact brand of sociopathy that resulted in that. Can we not talk about this dipshit every time he makes a video?
— Lyle Rath (@LyleRath) February 9, 2018
Logan Paul: *disrespects dead human corpse and makes joke out of it*
YouTube: Don’t do that again! Keep ur ads, but no more YouTube red show!
Logan Paul: *disrespects dead rat corpse*
YouTube: Due to Logan’s recent actions we’ve decided to remove ads from all of his channels
— Luna (@Lunaa) February 9, 2018
Logan Paul is back to making the same (obnoxious) content he's always made, but can we stop writing headlines for each video he puts out post-suicide forest?
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) February 9, 2018
In case you wonder why Logan Paul's ads got suspended by Youtube, here are the tags of one of his latest videos. It might give you an idea why he got suspended. I just wished he would understand that what he is doing does hurt all of us creators. Just stop guy. Chill out!!! pic.twitter.com/42NKWGiOCA
— Docm77 (@docm77) February 9, 2018
I haven’t paid him too much mind in the last year, but @LoganPaul is a psycho and we need to stop intentionally giving him attention when he does something shocking for publicity. This is EXACTLY what he wants and it’s earning him a fortune in ad revenue.
— ChaseFace (@ChaseFaceShow) February 9, 2018
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