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Give YouTube credit:
The company has not merely talked the talk when it comes to Logan Paul…
… it has also now walked the walk.
And, as a result, this douchebag of a social media presence will soon be a lot lighter in the wallet.
In the wake of Paul’s asinine video stunt late last month, YouTube has announced two punishments for the wildly popular vlogger:
1. He’s been dropped from the YouTube Red Comedy “Foursome.”
2. Google Preferred, which is the home to the top 5% of most-viewed YouTube content, says it will no longer aggregate Paul’s multimillion-subscriber channels for advertisers.
In other words: Paul has been cut off from his top income source as it pertains to this platform.
Said a spokesperson for YouTube on Wednesday evening:
“In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred.
“Additionally, we will not feature Logan in Season 4 of Foursome and his new originals are on hold.”
YouTube received a lot of flak for its delayed response to Paul’s video scandal, waiting 11 days to address what happened.
As a result, about six million views were recorded of the controversial footage – which featured Logan zooming in on a dead body in Japan, while also cracking wise about the corpse – before it was taken down.
Two days after this stunt went viral, Logan issued a lame apology.
It made a reference to his popularity online and said:
This is a first for me. I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before. I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong.
I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the Internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. That’s never the intention.
I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video. I still am.
Paul then made another attempt at a mea culpa, posting a video (which he monetized) on January 2 and saying into the camera:
Suicide is not a joke. Depression and mental illness are not a joke. We came here with an intent to focus on the haunted aspect of the forest.
This obviously just became very real, and obviously a lot of people are going through a lot of s— in their lives…
“From the bottom of my heart, I am sorry.”
From there, Paul said he was going to reflect on life and take a break from video posting.
He’s actually lived up to that vow, but Paul’s father left the following message on Instagram today:
LOGAN WILL BE BACK! SUPER FANS!! BUS UPDATES! MISTAKES!! We all screw up. It’s a part of life. Do I agree with everything my boys do. NO!
Do I agree with some of the things my friends do? NO! Do they disagree with some things I do? YES!
Face it folks……. we all f-ck up at one time or another. That’s life!! What we do with those mistakes, bad judgement or whatever term you give it , is what matters.
I love my boys and I am sooo proud of them.
The YouTube star has more than 15 million subscribers on his account.
His page has not been suspended or deleted yet.
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After filming a controversial video of himself and his friends in the woods of Japan last month, Logan Paul may think he’s faced all the backlash he’s going to face.
But it turns out the lame social media star is not, well… out of the woods.
Not yet at least.
A week ago, Paul issued his first of two apologies after uploading footage taken at Japan’s infamous “suicide forest” near the base of Mt. Fuji.
The footage featured an actual dead body, the result from a man tragically hanging himself, about which Paul joked.
He also hovered over the corpse from close up and came across like an insensitive, offensive, total loser of a creep.
The video sparked debate about the role of someone such as Paul in society, as he isn’t just known for going to extreme lengths online in order to rack up hits and views…
… he’s also become a multi-millionaire for these kinds of attention-seeking stunts.
After taking down the video amidst an avalanche of criticism, Paul initially said the following:
“I’m a human being. I make mistakes…
“I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the Internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. That’s never the intention.”
He concluded at this time:
“I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video. I still am.”
Perhaps aware that he came across like a douchebag after this mea culpa, Paul later tried again (with a video he monetized), saying on camera:
“I have made a severe and continuous lapse in my judgment, and I don’t expect to be forgiven. I’m simply here to apologize.
“I should’ve never posted the video. I should’ve put the cameras down and stopped recording what we were going through.
“There’s a lot of things I should’ve done differently, but I didn’t and for that, from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry.”
Paul went on to say he needed to “reflect” on life and that he was taking a hiatus from social media.
No one out there really thinks much will change, though; regarding Paul and/or regarding YouTube accepting him as a member of its platform.
He’ll keep churning out dumb content and YouTube will keep making money off it.
Perhaps aware that its reputation has taken a hit as part of this controversy, the company has released a new statement on the topic.
Via an “open letter our community” late on Tuesday, YouTube wrote the following:
“Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently. You’re right to be. You deserve to know what’s going on.
“It’s taken us a long time to respond, but we’ve been listening to everything you’ve been saying.
“We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.”
The platform continued by defending its decision to remove the clip from its website and added:
“The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences.”
What might this mean?
Could Logan Paul really get the permanent boot?
We can’t imagine so.
But maybe he won’t be able to profit off such filth ever again.
Concluded YouTube’s latest take on the issue:
“We expect more of the creators who build their community on YouTube, as we’re sure you do too …
“We’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.”
We’ll see what happens from here.
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It may have taken the most boneheaded of all boneheaded moves, but Logan Paul claims to have reached an epiphany.
Kind of. Sort of.
Either that, or the wildly popular YouTube star has realized what he needs to do from a public relations standpoint.
Earlier this week, Paul got in scalding hot water for basically being an insensitive jackass.
He uploaded a video to his social media account of him and some buddies walking through a forest in Japan that is known for people choosing to take their own lives there.
Indeed, it is actually known as the “suicide forest.”
At one point, Paul comes across a dead body, films it for multiple minutes and even makes a few jokes about it.
The clip has since been deleted, but it was viewed by millions of people, all of whom saw Paul make funny faces in the direction of the corpse, while also zooming in for a close-up.
It was an example of disgusting behavior and illuminating behavior, reflective of a culture in which people will film anything if they think it could go viral.
In response, Paul apologized.
In rather obnoxious fashion.
“Let’s start with this – I’m sorry,” he said on New Year’s Day, adding:
“This is a first for me. I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before.
“I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong.
“I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the Internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. That’s never the intention.
“I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought ‘if this video saves just ONE life, it’ll be worth it,’ I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video. I still am.”
He went on to talk about his monumentally huge following and didn’t really come across all that regretful in this mea culpa.
So then Paul tried again.
In a video (which he monetized), Paul at least sounded a bit more contrite during apology number-two, saying at one point:
“I do not deserve to be defended … I’m ashamed of myself. I’m disappointed in myself. And I promise to do better. I will do better.”
But he won’t try to do better any time soon; because he won’t be sharing any new videos any time soon.
“Taking time to reflect,” Logan shared with his 3.9 million Twitter followers Wednesday night. “No vlog for now. See you soon.”
Prior to making this decision, Paul had uploaded at least one 15-minute video online every day for 460 days in a row.
But maybe, possibly, he finally understands just how much he effed up with this latest one.
“Our hearts go out to the family of the person featured in the video,” a spokesperson for YouTube told E! News in a statement.
“YouTube prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner.
“If a video is graphic, it can only remain on the site when supported by appropriate educational or documentary information and in some cases it will be age-gated.
“We partner with safety groups such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to provide educational resources that are incorporated in our YouTube Safety Center.”
2018 is off to a wild start. Like 2017, but without the Hollyweed sign as a symbol of hope.
Because Teen Mom 2 star Briana DeJesus is being slammed left and right over a tweet … all about vile YouTuber Logan Paul’s tasteless Suicide Forest video.
We saw a lot of bad takes about that suicide video, but Briana’s might be the very worst.
Teen Mom, as a franchise, is not something that we ever imagined having any kind of crossover with a famous YouTuber like Logan Paul.
Logan Paul is a 22-year-old professional prankster. Is he hot? Yes. Is he absolutely, infuriatingly obnoxious? Even more yes.
That hasn’t stopped him from making millions through YouTube.
To give you a hint of how obnoxious he is, he did a video with Danielle Bregoli, and was still easily the worst person in the room.
The first time that he came to my attention enough that I learned his name was when his neighbors were suing him for being, um, an insufferable nuisance who was ruining their lives.
This time, in an incident that we had hoped would be the final straw (like when Pewdiepie yelled the N-word back in September), Logan Paul traveled to Japan.
As you can see from the above photo, he’s not exactly the most tasteful tourist. (There’s nothing wrong with enjoying Pokemon; there’s everything wrong with treating Japan and Pokemon as near-synonyms)
Aokigahara forest is famous for the saddest reason — it is not an uncommon place for suicides. When Logan Paul and his cohorts entered the forest with cameras, they encountered a recent suicide victim.
At which point, they promptly started to do weird voices and appeared to mock the man and the entire situation. Positively ghoulish.
Logan Paul apologized again and again, but considering that he chose to monetize his apology video, many find his words insincere.
So … how does Briana DeJesus fit into all of this, you ask?
We don’t know if Briana was trying to “laugh it off” but has a terrible sense of humor, or if she was craving negative attention, or if she really has that terrible of a sense of taste.
But of all of the bad takes that we saw about Logan Paul and his atrocious video, Briana’s might be the worst.
The Teen Mom 2 star tweeted:
“My sister just made me watch a video of a whole bunch of boys going into the Suicide forest to explore and Wow men are p–sies lmao.”
So, it looks like she watched that awful video and her takeaway was that Logan Paul and his cronies were wimpy?
She didn’t question why he went there in the first place, or why he didn’t stop himself while editing and uploading the video.
Fans took it upon themselves to try to educate Briana:
“This is no fun hunted house. It’s a place where ppl go & commit suicide. If your gonna go, go to pray. Pay respect, or for awareness. This is far from a great tourist attraction. I like you but this isn’t right.”
“Seriously I think you should stop and consider how you would feel if this was one of your family members who had gone to this forest to end their life. It’s not a tourist attraction.”
Then Briana hit everyone with a twist:
“It wasn’t the Logan video. I said a bunch of men…last time I recalled Logan had females with him too lol.”
Fans, uh, didn’t necessarily buy that.
“Awfully coincidental that it happens to be when everyone is freaking out about the LP video. It’s very tasteless and he has apologized for it. Nothing to be ‘hype’ about a place where people often go to end their life”
It sure seems like she wouldn’t have tweeted what she tweeted unless she was trying to get attention.
But Briana claims that she means no disrespect to the dead:
“I did educate myself. I know what the Forest is known for but there’s also beautiful scenery out there and tons of ice caves. My uncle committed suicide so I had my fair share also it’s life, things happen like that everyday. I’ll never disrespect.”
Some fans pushed for Briana to be removed from Teen Mom 2. That … well, that’s overkill.
It sounds like Briana made a dumb tweet that may have been a misguided ploy for headlines.
Similarly, there’s a path to redemption for Logan Paul. Not as long as he keeps monetizing apologies, but he can do it.
He’s 22. He has years ahead of him before he stops being a beautiful idiot and starts just being a dumbass who has to actually be funny and likable in order to get views and fans.
Maybe he learned something from all of this. Like, actually learned something from all of this.
Only time will tell.