Logan Paul, 23, is a YouTube and internet personality who has been embroiled in controversy. Last January, Paul posted a video of him filming the dead body of a suicide victim hanging from a tree in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, known as Japan’s “Suicide Forest".

 

Paul’s career has been propelled by his outrageous moves, where he became popular on the six second video app, Vine, and moved on to YouTube videos, Instagram, Twitter and podcast. Paul even has an amateur boxing career.

 

Recently, Paul was discussing month-by-month resolutions with his co-host Mike Majiak on his podcast “Impaulsive.” When it came to March, Paul said, “It’s male only March. We’re going to attempt to go gay for just one month.”

 

That’s when Majlak, commented: “For one month. And then swing… go back.”

 

This raised immediate concern and swift response from many different voices, including  LGBTQ rights nonprofit GLAAD, who said, “That’s not how it works, @LoganPaul.”

Paul’s podcast has 1.1 million subscribers, and a YouTube channel with more than 18 million subscribers. Most of his fanbase comes from kids and teens.

 

In response to GLAAD, Paul offered an apology, of sorts, saying “very poor choice of words… my fault [sic].” He then extended an offer to GLAAD, “let’s get together and talk about it on my podcast next week?”

Users were quick to point out the issues with Paul’s comments go beyond the words he said, but that it bolsters misconceptions that being gay is a choice and that Paul is trying to capitalize on a marginalized community. 

 

Whether Paul is genuinely extending an apology and a sincere offer to open discussion or if he’s “doing it for the Vine” is for personal interpretation.

 

One Twitter user, @ArendRox said it best:

 

Dear Logan Paul.

 

The gay community would officially like to ask you to NOT pretend to be gay for a month. 

We don’t want you. 

 

Sincerely,

The Gays.

 

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