YouTuber Logan Paul is like a rash that disappears for a while, only to return with a vengeance a week later. In December, Paul posted a controversial video in which he filmed himself and some buddies finding the body of a man who had hung himself in Japan's so-called "suicide forest." The footage sparked immediate backlash and Paul deleted the video, apologized, and took a break from social media. But he's back now, and apparently none the wiser.
Paul recently tweeted about eating Tide Pods. He deleted that, too, but it is the internet so...
Paul followed up with another (now-deleted) tweet that said:
damn i feel like this isn't healthy
Now, Paul is experiencing another round of criticism for sharing a recent video in which he depicts himself using a taser on dead rats, as well as taking one of his sick koi fish out of a pond, pretending to perform CPR on it, and then swirling it around in the water.
YouTube has suspended all of Paul's advertising privileges:
In response to Logan Paul’s recent pattern of behavior, we’ve temporarily suspended ads on his channels.— YouTube Creators (@YTCreators) February 9, 2018
A YouTube spokesperson told the Huffington Post:
After careful consideration, we have decided to temporarily suspend ads on Logan Paul’s YouTube channels. This is not a decision we made lightly. However, we believe he has exhibited a pattern of behavior in his videos that makes his channel not only unsuitable for advertisers, but also potentially damaging to the broader creator community.
YouTube's response to Paul's content has some of the platform's creators asking whether the suspension of his advertising privileges was warranted.
For the most part, people think YouTube had the right idea:
It’s nice to see you guys putting your foot down and being more transparent. People appreciate that— Jacksepticeye (@Jack_Septic_Eye) February 9, 2018
He should have it suspended permanently, but as long as he learns his lesson.— Jlipper (@OfficialJlipper) February 9, 2018
YouTubers agree that Paul's insensitivity to issues such as suicide and animal welfare are damaging:
But other creators found YouTube's decision alarming:
Wow disappointed to see so many creators supporting this. You don’t have to like what he does - I don’t... It seems like the ad removal was a response to public reaction and not the action... Think about what that means...— Blue (@bluefireify) February 9, 2018
Regardless of whether YouTube restores Paul's ad privileges, his insensitivity and often offensive content remains a real and consistent issue throughout his online history.
It's frightening to think where the channel could head if Paul is allowed to continue unchecked.
Great! This dude needs professional physiological help. Sad that younger kids follow him and would think it’s ‘ok’ what he does. No its not!!— 🅳🅴🅽 🆁🅾🅲🅺 (@DennySolorzano) February 9, 2018