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Logan Paul's struggles with YouTube stardom

by Staff Writer
18 Oct 2019 at 12:49hrs | Views
Logan Paul might not be a name you're familiar with, but his face certainly will be. The YouTube star has gone viral multiple times for his hilarious videos, but in recent years has gone somewhat off the rails. He is currently training for a rematch boxing fight against British YouTube star, KSI. After winning the first bout last year, the KSI vs Logan Paul odds are in favour of Paul to win once more.

Early Career

As a 10-year-old, Paul began his journey of internet fame through Zoosh. His funny homemade videos quickly grew more and more popular. When he went to high school, Paul used the now-deleted platform, Vine, to build a global interest in his videos. The youngster had built up an impressive 9.4 million followers by telling jokes, doing stunts and playing pranks on other people. His popularity grew, and Paul started earning thousands of dollars in advertising for doing sponsored posts.

YouTube and the next step

After the closure of Vine in 2015, Paul moved his videos to YouTube. He has two channels, his official channel, and a 'Logan Paul Vlogs' channel, which have roughly 5.28 million and 19.9 million subscribers respectively. The channels are hugely popular across the world, so much so, that between June 2016 and June 2017 he earned $12.5 million.

It was also in 2015 that Paul decided to drop out of Ohio University and pursue his career in the entertainment business in Los Angeles. The young internet star managed to land roles in American TV shows such as Law & Order and Stitchers. Everything seemed to be heading in the right direction for the young star, until 2017.

Scandal after scandal

Two years ago, everything seemed to take a turn for the worst for Paul. In 2017, the star recorded a parody song titled No Handlebars and uploaded it to YouTube. The song was a spoof of the song Handlebars by American alternative group, Flobots. Paul was ridiculed by the public for his sexist lyrical content and perceived objectification of women. He later deleted the video, but the damage was already done.

In late December 2017, Paul uploaded a vlog to his YouTube channel as part of his 'Tokyo Adventures' series. The video showed him behaving badly, including climbing onto a moving forklift, removing his clothes on a crowded street and throwing a giant Poké Ball at passers-by, including an officer of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. But it didn't stop there. One of the most shocking parts of this video was his depiction of the recent suicide in the Aokigahara forest (also known as the 'Suicide Forest').

Although the star came across the apparent suicide victim unintentionally, his decision to post it on YouTube was what agitated many people. Criticism from celebrities, politicians, and other YouTube stars prompted a petition to take down his channel, which received over 500,000 signatures. He was described by Julie Cerel, president of the American Association of Suicidology, as 'mocking suicide victims'. During an interview in 2018 with fellow YouTuber Casey Neistat, Paul deemed himself as "the most hated man in the world."

Although it doesn't seem that the man from Ohio has learnt his lesson. As recently as this year, Paul was amid a scandal with the LGBTQ+ community after announcing he was 'going gay' for a month, as part of a New Year's resolution. Of course, the scandal received a lot of negative press, with Paul acting as if sexuality was a choice.

Although the YouTube star has gained a lot of criticism, and rightly so, for his actions, he continues to make negative headlines. The American will now face British YouTube star KSI (real name Olajide Olatunji) in a boxing rematch on 10th November. The American's trash talk has been extremely controversial in the lead-up to the event, perhaps Paul needs to learn let his gloves do the talking instead.

Source - Byo24News

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