BY: KAREEM RAHMAN @kblack_yb932
Logan Paul has likely been a well known YouTube personality for awhile. I wouldn’t know. It’s very likely that someone like myself who rarely uses YouTube unless it’s to watch music videos, would have never even heard of him. That was until he made the mainstream. And not for doing anything positive.
The first time I heard the name Logan Paul was a few weeks ago when news broke that the popular YouTuber was in hot water because he’d crossed the line in one of his videos. Paul filmed a suicide victim hanging from a tree. Not sure what comments he made during filming (I never watched it), but just the fact that he stood there filming himself in front of a recently deceased person who took their own life was crossing a line. I understand that “shock value” usually helps when attempting to garner lots and lots of YouTube views, but anyone with a small shred of morality would recognize when something crosses the line….or should be able to recognize. After anger and outrage over Paul’s actions spread across the Internet, YouTube was left with no other option except to take action against one of their top earners. YouTube decided to temporarily suspend ads from showing on Paul’s channel. A heavy financial punishment for content creators. Paul certainly felt the sting of the move and he quickly went on an apology tour in the hope that he could pull himself out of YouTube’s doghouse and hopefully get back to the money. Paul appeared on a few programs and made video after video about “he wasn’t the type of person that people want to portray him to be.” And of course, the always popular excuse “I’m a good kid who just happened to do a bad thing….once.” Honestly, I think the little song and dance worked for Paul. Not all people, but some, were quick to come to Paul’s defense. “Everybody makes mistakes. People shouldn’t be so judgemental.” Race worked in Paul’s favor. As much as people hate to admit that race plays a big issue in certain things, doesn’t make this truth be any less of a truth. My very first offense was for a drug possession/attempted distribution charge. At 18-years old, I stood in front of a judge and ran that same bullshit line. “I’m a good guy, I just happened to do a bad thing…..once.” Yeah, that type of thing doesn’t play so well when you’re black. I’m not speculating, I’m speaking from first hand experience. That judge tried to throw the damn book at my dumb ass for a first offense. I guess he’d heard that story too many times from black kids who’d stood before him to believe it anymore (if he even ever did). Anyway, Paul was given what amounted to a second chance. After a couple of weeks, YouTube removed the sanctions from Paul’s channel and Paul was back in business like nothing had ever happened.
With his second chance, Paul decided that it would be a good idea to do some more stupid shit that may cause controversy. This time, the YouTube star decided that it would be a good idea to film himself tasering a dead rat. That was enough to cause some selective outrage. Some people took the position that “the rat was dead, so what did it really matter?” Those people miss the whole point. The point is that Paul is a person who clearly doesn’t understand morality, or he is clearly willing to compromise morality for views and likes. Clearly. This is one of the things that has desensitized society to almost any tragedy. It’s almost like nothing is too gory or over the top. This attitude makes some people believe that the more outrageous the things they do, the better. Especially when trying to garner views and likes. An example of what I’m speaking of….that stupid ass Tide Pod Challenge, the ridiculous set yourself on fire challenge, and the idiotic try to knock a person out cold with one punch challenge. All things we know as a society are morally wrong, but can be a good thing in your pursuit of views and likes. YouTube released a statement regarding Paul after they suspended advertising on his channel for a second time.
“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.”
Sounds good right? But ask yourself, why didn’t they just delete his whole channel? There’s an easy explanation for that. YouTube is a business. Businesses are about making money. Paul makes money for YouTube. Paul is a very marketable face. “The kid next door type.”(The kid next door thing only works if you’re white. Black people need not apply for this position) So what will happen now? Paul will make another apology tour claiming to be a good kid who does bad things again. People will rally around “the good kid who has done one bad thing” again. YouTube will lift the sanctions and allow Paul to make money for himself….. and them again. And eventually, Paul will do some more dumb shit and end up right back in this place again. Why? Because it’s in him to do these type of things. You can’t change what you are. The the cycle will continue. Do dumb shit, cause outrage, apologize, be forgiven, make money, repeat. The whole time, people will try to convince you that white privilege is not a real thing. It was a made up thing by angry for no good reason black people. The craziest part? People will continue to buy that bullshit. White and black.