[Blind Gossip] This former TV star may have lost his job and ticked off his neighbors with his wild antics, but that doesn’t mean he has stopped creating new drama!
He lives in a large house with several young performers. There’s a lot of overlap in their work and their social lives and their finances. The star isn’t paying people for their work. When two of his roommates started complaining about not getting paid, the star began bullying them.
He was dipping their toothbrushes in the toilet, putting dog shit in their shoes, putting icy hot in their body wash, and even once putting dog shit in their food.
However, instead of simply moving out and forgoing the money, the roommates got some leverage.
They got a video of his dad being touchy with a 16 year old and recorded a conversation where his dad is bragging about having sex with the underage girl. [The star, who is now an adult] is very nervous because he and his dad have a long history of sharing photos that they got from underage girls. If this got out, it would ruin the whole family. He’d better pay the roommates.
Similar: Risky Kid
[Optional] If you were one of the roommates, would you just collect your money and leave quietly, or would you turn the tape over to the police, thus involving your name in the underage girl scandal?
Star: Jake Paul
Jake Paul is best known for playing the role of Dirk on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark.
Brothers Jake Paul and Logan Paul, along with their father, made millions of dollars a year posting videos on YouTube. They were also making money managing other up-and-coming vloggers, some of whom lived with the Paul family.
They called their group Team 10, and the house served as both a home and social media incubator to multiple young aspiring stars.
Then they managed to make everyone mad.
From The New York Times:
With grave concern, a television reporter for KTLA described the mayhem in the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood of Beverly Grove in July: The residents of a graffiti-marred, $17,000-a-month white contemporary house, led by a 20-year-old “social media megastar” named Jake Paul, had turned this “tightknit community” into a “war zone.”
“A recent stunt involved tossing furniture into an empty pool and setting the pile on fire,” the reporter informed viewers. “Neighbors said flames eventually grew higher than the house.”
From Hollywood Life:
The Paul brothers are not the most popular individuals on the planet at the moment. Logan is under fire for sharing a controversial video of a dead body in Japan, and has since suspended his YouTube channel. Jake has not been helping much by posting NSFW content, and unsavory footage of him dropping the n-word has also surfaced. So…not great.
It’s so bad right now that even Justin Bieber made a video mocking them!
The Japanese forest incident is the one that everyone is talking about and the one that is costing the Paul family a huge amount of money. From BBC:
YouTube punishes Logan Paul over Japan suicide video
YouTube has cut some business ties with Logan Paul, the hugely popular vlogger who posted a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan.
Paul’s channels were removed from YouTube’s Google Preferred programme, where brands sell ads on the platform’s top 5% of content creators.
YouTube also said it had put on hold original projects with the US vlogger.
Paul posted the video with a man’s body on 31 December, triggering widespread criticism.
What is YouTube punishing Logan Paul for?
The video showed Paul and his friends at the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mount Fuji, known to be a frequent site of suicides.
Going in to film the “haunted” forest, they come across a man’s body and are shocked but also make jokes.
The identity of the deceased man is not known. Online comments have called the Japan video, which garnered millions of views on YouTube before it was taken down, “disrespectful” and “disgusting”.
Paul later posted an apology on Twitter, saying he had been “misguided by shock and awe”.
He also uploaded a video apology, and said: “I should have never posted the video. I should have put the cameras down and stopped recording what we were going through.”
“I’m ashamed of myself,” he added. “I’m disappointed in myself.”
How much is this likely to cost Paul?
It’s hard to calculate exactly. YouTube’s move will cost him financially as his videos will no longer earn top-tier cash per click – but as he hasn’t been completely kicked off the platform, he will still earn money from views.
Google Preferred allows brands to publish ads on the accounts that are most popular among 18-34 year-olds in the US.
YouTube’s own wording calls it a way for companies to “share their messages alongside some of the most engaging and brand safe content on YouTube”.
Aside from his videos, Paul makes money from sponsored social media posts and merchandise – and it’s worth noting that his apology video has racked up nearly 40 million views.
How big a star is Logan Paul?
With more than 15 million subscribers and counting, he’s huge. Last year, Forbes magazine estimated he made $12.5m (£9.3m), making him the fourth highest-paid YouTube star in 2016.
Why are people upset with YouTube?
Some people are frustrated that it took YouTube 10 days to respond to the controversy. The company acknowledged this, saying: “You’re right to be [frustrated]. You deserve to know what’s going on.”
The Japan video itself was not taken down by YouTube; Paul himself took it down, leading some to complain that the platform should have acted more decisively.
Although their professional lives are certainly in tatters, the Paul family may have a bigger problem… if Jake Paul’s ex-roommates decide to take the family down!
The Paul family managed to enrage the roommates by bullying them and not paying them.
It’s now up to the ex-roommates to decide whether or not to tell their story about the entire Paul family. They allegedly have material that could permanently sink Jake, Logan, and their father if they choose to go that route.
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