Logan Paul has weighed in on the 'Tide Pod Challenge', and everyone is furious
Logan Paul is certainly in the running for being one of the most contentious people of 2018. Back in December, the YouTuber uploaded a video featuring the dead body of an apparent suicide victim. The 15-minute vlog, which was quickly lambasted for being "disrespectful" and "disgusting", depicted Paul and a group of his friends exploring the Aokigahara Forest (often referred to as the "suicide forest") at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, and mocking the individual who had chosen to take their own life
The 22-year-old, who boasts over 16 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, Logan Paul Vlogs, has since taken down the video. However, the YouTube community followed up with disciplinary action, on account of the outrage the video incited. In a statement released on their Twitter account in January, the video sharing platform wrote: "It's taken us a long time to respond, but we've been listening to everything you've been saying. We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we'll have more to share soon on steps we're taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again."
While one would expect Logan Paul to be incredibly cautious after facing such a backlash, it appears he didn't get the memo, and has once again incited the ire of the internet. The disgraced YouTuber took to Twitter to joke about the Tide Pod Challenge. Yes, after a short-lived attempt at self-improvement, it seems that Paul's quest for redemption is well and truly over.
From his official Twitter account, the Vlogger wrote, "Swallowing 1 tide pod per retweet".
As we're all aware, the Tide Pod Challenge is an incredibly dangerous viral trend which encourages people to swallow the brightly-coloured detergent tablets. While the pods do look a little like candy, any liquids that are used to remove dirt from clothing are not fit for human consumption, and some kids who have partaken in the "challenge" have been hospitalised for their stupidity.
Tide, the company behind the detergent pods have repeatedly warned against ingesting their products, saying that doing so could result in death. "What should Tide PODs be used for? DOING LAUNDRY. Nothing else," they wrote on Twitter. "Eating a Tide POD is a BAD IDEA".
The fact that Logan Paul then even joked about consuming the pods is incredibly misguided. Not only does it demonstrate that he hasn't learnt his lesson, but the tweet can read as an endorsement of the "challenge". And considering that he just posted a long video about suicide prevention to earn the forgiveness of his followers, the whole thing seems hypocritical.
Certainly, the people of Twitter were unimpressed, with some accusing him of joking about suicide, once again. One social media user wrote, "I don’t understand like people got p***ed that you posted a video about someone who committed suicide and you’re joking about commuting suicide with a tide pod like I know it’s a meme and stuff but after you were under fire that doesn’t make sense."
Some people never learn, do they?