Logan Paul sparks backlash over 'insensitive' Coronavirus Instagram post
Infamous YouTuber, Logan Paul, has come under fire for posting an "insensitive" coronavirus post on Instagram.
The 24-year-old shared a picture of himself topless with four women, with all but one wearing a gas mask. "F*ck the corona virus," he captioned the post.
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People were quick to denounce the post as insensitive, given the spread of the virus. "People are dying from the coronavirus. Nothing to joke about. Guess he never learns," wrote one social media user, and another corroborated "Man this isn't funny at all. It's spreading all over the world."
"There are people in China dying and you making a joke out of it?," wrote a third.
It was reported today that there were 6,061 confirmed cases of the virus in mainland China, with the death toll currently at 132, according to Chinese officials, as per CNN.
The number of cases allegedly grew by around 1,500 from Tuesday, which is an increase of more than 30 percent. These figures do not include Hong Kong and Macau, which have reported a small number of cases.
The virus has also spread to at least 16 other countries, with multiple countries advising their citizens to avoid all but necessary travel to China. On Tuesday, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a level three alert (the highest on a scale of one to three) cautioning all "non-essential travel".
The White House has, however, denied reports that they were planning on suspending all flights between the US and China, according to the publication.
Paul has previously been criticised for filming the deceased corpse of a Japanese man, who committed suicide, and posting the footage to his YouTube channel. The 2018 video, which was filmed in Aokigahara forest in Japan - where over 245 people attempted to take their lives in 2010 alone - led to the loss of several endorsement deals for Paul.
He subsequently issued an apology, which read:
"I didn't do it for the views... I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought, 'If this video saves one life, it'll be worth it,' I was misguided by shock and awe.
I'm often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have and with great power comes great responsibility... for the first time in my life I'm regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won't happen again."