The Logan Paul fiasco will not change “children entertainers” on YouTube, but it will result in a massive backlash for other content creators.
Firstly, I’d like to say that I sympathise for the suicide victim found in the forest during Logan Paul’s vlog. Logan clearly went out his way to exploit that individual’s suffering and use it as a prop for his video, and I cannot imagine how that must have affected the family.
We’ve seen a lot of criticism towards Logan Paul at this point, so I’m uninterested in creating another article naming the obvious reasons why he’s a dick. Instead, I’m writing about why all the other social media star’s reactions following the video were wrong.
As soon as the drama began, everyone made videos reacting to his actions. The big point in all of them is that Logan used someone’s suffering for his own benefit.
This is very true, but their content is no different. Rather than the family only seeing the original video (which is now gone), now they have to see it reuploaded thousands of times for “reaction videos”, which I imagine has only made things even harder for the victim’s family.
If I was to write a piece of dialogue to sum up how hypocritical this is, it would look something like this:
“Logan Paul is an awful person, he actually filmed a guy hanging himself for a video! By the way guys, here’s the footage of the guy hanging from the tree. Logan Paul is such a dick I’d hate to be the family… I mean, he took down the video, but I’m using it for educational purposes so the family shouldn’t care that I’m still showing his hanging corpse for views.”
They are only further exploiting the victim.
For the most part, most of these videos were complete and utter shit. Mostly just mindless babbling about why Logan Paul is a bad person, which is no different to what people were saying prior to the forest video being released.
For example, Christian DelGrosso made a video titled “The Truth About Logan Paul”, which he spends the majority of his time talking about how other content creators on the platform are trying to create art on the platform whereas Logan Paul uses it for his own financial gain. I mean, it’s obviously true, but Christian DelGrosso makes identical content to Logan Paul. His most viewed YouTube video is of him looking at a Reddit post containing funny answers kids put on their homework. He is not an artist, but he used the drama to make himself look like a more accomplished content creator.
Whilst I’m sure all these social media stars enjoyed a lovely boost in their subscriber count, this is a short moment of happiness in an otherwise troubling tale.
Logan’s subscribers consists of mainly young teens and children. Because of this, most people concluded that YouTube should take more responsibility for the entertainers on the platform, especially when such young children view the videos.
YouTube reacted by dropping Logan from any YouTube funded movies and TV shows, a very smart move. Of course, not done with milking the drama fully, many people are suggesting that YouTube should go even further to stop this ever happening again. On paper, this means monitoring YouTube’s content more carefully, in reality this means YouTube will have to police their top creator’s content.
This is ultimately detrimental to the platform. The reason why YouTube is such a successful and prosperous platform is because people can release whatever they choose to. If I want to watch Filthy Frank place bets on which mouse gets killed by a snake first, I should be able to. If YouTube was to act like a TV network and decide if this content was suitable, they probably wouldn’t permit it.
Ultimately, you’ll never stop entertainers like Logan Paul. For the most part, his content is PG. Therefore YouTube would continue to distribute his videos. More adult creators like Filthy Frank or Don’t Hug Me I Scared may be unable to post videos.
Hopefully it will never come to that, though.