YouTuber Logan Paul sparks backlash after saying he is 'going gay' for a month
Controversial YouTuber Logan Paul has been criticised after saying he was going to "go gay" for one month as part of his New Year's resolutions.
The 23-year-old made the statement on his podcast, ImPaulsive, alongside his co-host Mike Majlak and their guest, Kelvin Peña.
Paul and Majlak began to recite their New Year's resolutions, month by month.
They explained that they were having a "sober, vegan January". They were going to be doing "Fatal February", where they vowed to only eat steaks and drink "big bottles of vodka."
Peña asked what they were planning for March, and if they were going to be going back to vegan and sober in March.
"And then March... it's male-only March. We're gonna attempt to go gay for just one month."
Mejlak added: "For one month, and then swing... and then go back."
Paul and Mejlak's comments sparked a massive backlash from social media users.
Being gay isn’t a choice, being gay isn’t a phase, being gay shouldn’t be used for a trend and subscribers. Grow up Logan Paul. pic.twitter.com/peCFmpBSpe
— Skai Jackson ♡ (@skaijackson) January 11, 2019
Perhaps for the month of March instead of baiting the gay community you can use your massive platform as a voice for those LGBT+ who have no voice and resort to suicide and self-harm. Just a suggestion @LoganPaul
— Mister Preda (@MisterPreda) January 11, 2019
Dear Logan Paul and any ignorant, hurtful fool,
You can’t “go gay for a month”. Being gay is not a choice.
This is an insult to the LGBTQ+ community.
Stop this nonsense and stop supporting problematic people.
— Luke Waltham (@lukewaltham) January 11, 2019
Logan paul: “Ive learned & grown as a person and am working on a better me” then says hes going gay for a month like its some sort of trend. Dont be fooled by apology videos. Any person capable of half of what hes done is a reminder thats in them to do these things to begin with.
— Daz Black (@daz_black) January 11, 2019
Advocacy group GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) also responded to Paul's comments, simply writing: "That's not how it works, @LoganPaul."
Paul responded to their tweet, saying that his comments were a "very poor choice of words" and "my fault". He asked them to "get together and talk about it" on the next episode of his podcast.
The organisation has not responded.