“It doesn’t work like that” is all Logan Paul had to hear from the members of the international LGBTQI+ community after he announced he was ‘going gay’ for a month.
After making an influential brand for himself with nearly 19 million YouTube followers, internet personality Logan Paul was roasted for his controversial statement on homosexuality during his podcast titled ‘Impaulsive’ last Wednesday (January 9).
The inadvertent verbal error, that opened a can of worms for Paul, has attracted severe backlash online due to the statement indicating ‘homosexuality’ is a choice.
Paul, who is generally acknowledged for his relaxed and easy-going persona, has been criticised for his poor choice of words.
In the podcast, Logan, talking about his resolutions for each month of the New Year, said that he plans to have a sober, vegan January and a male-only March.
Many people wrote on social media that Paul implied that being gay is a choice, and clearly does not take the threat of homophobia seriously. The American organisation GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) expressed their resentment against Paul’s statement on Saturday and tweeted, saying, “That’s not how ti it works.”
In the past, Paul has also received criticism for making jokes on camera with friends alongside the body of a male suicide victim at Japan’s Aokigahara forest, which is a popular site for the Japanese to kill themselves.
The video, that was uploaded on YouTube last January received millions of views but was eventually pulled down for its disturbing content.
The video was also labeled as “disrespectful” and “disgusting” by social media users.
Many social media users blasted Paul on the internet. Have a look at these reactions.