Is Logan Paul A Monster?
Logan Paul Was Interviewed by Fellow YouTube Star Casey Neistat about his planned road to redemption following his Japanese suicide video
Earlier today, YouTube star Casey Neistat released a thirty-five minute, unedited video on his vlog, interviewing Logan Paul about the release of his Japanese suicide video late last year.
The video stirred huge controversy for the twenty-three-year-old YouTube sensation, resulting in YouTube removing Paul’s channels from the Google Preferred program, where brands sell ads on the platform’s top 5% of content creators.
Before being taken down, the video accumulated millions of views on YouTube and was called “disrespectful” and “disguising”. Paul still has 17 million subscribers on YouTube and makes millions of dollars a year off advertising and selling his Maverick clothing line.
Right before the interview begins, Neistat opens with a monologue talking about his experience and his self-doubts about being too easy or too argumentative with Paul. Neistat’s intent with the non-monetized interview was to check whether or not Paul is sincere in his attitude towards changing his ways following the Japanese forest video. The full video can be watched below.
Paul is currently creating a documentary about his life, growing up in Ohio, his rise to YouTube fame and the ultimate “downfall” resulting from the Japanese suicide video. In the video, he claims that if he does decide to monetize the video, he will donate the proceeds towards some worthy cause that aims to raise awareness of suicide prevention.
Neistat asks Paul about his plans of redemption, stating that while he was first extremely apologetic about the incident, he was back to shooting videos of a dead rat on the vlog a week later. Paul claims that he’s just “the guy who takes things to extremes” and “that’s just who he is and what the brand of Logan Paul is”. Despite that, Paul claims that he is no longer trying to be insensitive and is making strides to stop representing that kind of person on his vlogs.
When asked what exactly it is that he’s doing to make good of his promise, he cites becoming a vegan, having a girlfriend who is extremely wise and is now focusing his content on positivity and doing whatever you want to achieve your goals.
Neistat also goes into describing how he has felt the pressures of daily vlogging, needing to grow subscribers and produce amazing content every day. He describes the feeling as getting trapped into a sense of tunnel vision, which resulted in his quitting the daily vlog series back in 2016.
Paul and Neistat then get into a light-hearted debate on whether or not it was culturally incentive for Paul to dress up as a Pokemon and jump on cars while in Japan. Paul claims it to have been just “insensitive” not necessarily “culturally insensitive” whereas Neistat believes he was both.
Before being interupted by a horde of ambulances, Paul also explains how he took a month off following the incident to meet with people and organizations about depression, suicide prevention, and mental health. Paul wants to eventually collaborate with film director Kevin Hines to develop some type of suicide prevention content after he finishes his big fight against KSI. Paul says that his fight with KSI is his sole focus at the moment.
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