Jake Paul Is Getting Dragged For Vlogging Black Lives Matter Looting For YouTube Views
"The BLM movement is NOT an opportunity for you to film a YouTube video and post it for revenue."
YouTuber Jake Paul has landed in hot water again after footage of him, at an Arizona mall that was being looted, made its way online.
Moving along from his previous foot in mouth moment where he claimed that anxiety is a “self-made” problem”, Jake has now been forced to explain himself again after he was featured in Instagram stories alongside people vandalising Scottsdale Mall.
Shared to Twitter by New York Times internet report, Taylor Lorenz, footage from Andrew Blue — Jake’s own videographer and photographer — shows Jake Paul, at minimum, holding what appears to be a bottle of looted vodka from a burgled P.F Chang’s. But Jake has since denied actually partaking in any looting or vandalism.
Posting on his own story, Jake Paul filmed the aftermath of getting tear gassed for simply trying to “film the events and brutality that were unfolding in Arizona”.
YouTube star Jake Paul and his friends were caught “looting” and trashing property in a Scottsdale mall last night amid protests pic.twitter.com/KyrE87TvA9
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) May 31, 2020
Jake Paul also posted to Instagram Stories that he was tear gassed by the cops. pic.twitter.com/gfZGwGXDLS
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) May 31, 2020
The looting and protests in Arizona come after the police murder of George Floyd, an innocent black man from Minneapolis, who’s breathing was restricted after ex-officer Derek Chauvin placed a knee on his neck for eight minutes.
While the protests started peacefully, protesters turned to looting and vandalism after they realised justice wasn’t being served and that black lives were still being disregarded and disrespected.
In a statement on his social accounts, Jake Paul claims that he did not partake in anything and was merely there to “film the events”.
“To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism,” Paul wrote. “For context, we spent the day doing our part to peacefully protest one of the most horrific injustices our country has ever seen, which led us [to] being tear-gassed for filming the events and brutality that were unfolding in Arizona.”
“We filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighbourhood we travelled through,” he continued. “We were strictly documenting, not engaging.”
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) May 31, 2020
However, people aren’t happy that Jake Paul inserted himself into a situation at all, and were especially concerned with the YouTuber’s decision to go where people were looting instead of where protests for change were happening.
In the Instagram videos uploaded by his own videographer, Scottsdale Mall was filled with white people destroying store fronts and looting goods. But the Arizona protests for George Floyd were happening in downtown Phoenix, an almost four hour walk away.
From this, people quickly accused Jake Paul of exploiting and profiting off the Black Lives Matter movement. Going to the point of action simply to “document” what was happening to likely post in a monetised video for his 20 million YouTube subscribers is in poor taste.
Jake Paul’s recent actions were compared to his brother Logan’s controversial decision to similarly “document” his experience at Japan’s Suicide Forest, where he recorded and uploaded a video of a dead body.
Logan Paul films a dead body in Japan’s ‘suicide forest’ and posts it.
Jake Paul films himself looting during protests of the murder of an innocent black man.
The Pauls are the embodiment of white privilege. Profiting off of others suffering and getting away with it.
— Walt (@UberKryptonian) May 31, 2020
the blm movement is NOT an opportunity for you to film a youtube video and post it for revenue.
— khloway #BLM (@khloway_) May 31, 2020
You walked around filming them excitedly saying “shit is going down, shit is going down” with a vlog camera
Jake you are like a parody of a dumb privileged white kid except you’re somehow a real person
Just shut the fuck up dude. You suck.
— Eddy Burback (@eddyburback) May 31, 2020
Logan Paul filmed a dead body and uploaded it for his own profit. Now jake Paul is exploiting these protests for his own profit. They get hated on for a reason
— Dr. Guru (@DrGuru23) May 31, 2020
This continued trivialisation of real world issues is just proof of the white privilege the Paul brothers have, and continue use for their own gain.
Exploiting the Black Lives Matter movement for attention and views is a strange concept when Jake Paul has the funds to help (thanks to his net worth of 11.5 million dollars) and the influence to bring about some real change with his 36 million followers across both YouTube and Instagram.
But a quirky little vlog about the time you were tear-gassed while hanging with looters must just be a lot more fun, I guess.
“Man these riots do be hella lit tho, make sure to smash the subscribe button because ITS EVERY DAY BROOOOO” pic.twitter.com/BduUXPfkKG
— Kavos (@KavosYT) May 31, 2020
jake paul we saw you, open your purse bitch.
— sarah (@sarahlugor) May 31, 2020