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Fans accuse Logan Paul of staging viral slap video

Published: 24/May/2019 23:35

by Virginia Glaze

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Controversial YouTuber Logan Paul seemed set to participate in the ‘Battle on the Volga,’ a slapping competition featuring some of Russia’s greatest slap champions – but Paul suddenly pulled out of the challenge, following the release of a now-viral video.

Paul uploaded a video to Twitter that has since taken the internet by storm, where Paul faced off against an opponent in a practice match for his upcoming slap battle.

The YouTuber cranked his arm back and delivered a solid blow to his opponent’s face, causing the man to crumple to the ground.

The release of this video came a day after Paul published an open letter to Russian media outlet Generation Iron, explaining that he would no longer participate in the slap battle due to “an unforeseen and unfortunate event” that took place during a practice session.

While Paul later admitted that it was the slap in the video that prompted him to pull out of the competition, some critics aren’t convinced that Paul’s video is legit, accusing him of staging the slap for his upcoming documentary.

“This is so fake,” one critic wrote. “Firstly, if he was slapped unconscious, he would fall backwards. Secondly, why would Logan slap him and turn to the camera and just stand there flexing? So fake.”

“Okay, I feel this is fake, because if you watched actual slap competitions, the people who are slapped so hard… never fall like that,” another said of the matter.

Paul himself claimed that he’d slapped the man so hard, he’d forgotten his own name – as well as even being slapped in the first place, a major concern for the YouTuber, considering the man was a professional slapper.

“I have never seen a human crumple like that,” Paul recalled. “It made me feel uncomfortable. I realized I don’t like hitting defenseless humans… what if that happens to me? What if I become the vegetable?”

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The YouTuber went on to compare the viral slap to his infamous debacle in Japan’s Aokigahara ‘Suicide Forest’ from early 2018, where he filmed the body of a suicide victim for a controversial vlog.

While he is no longer taking part in the Battle on the Volga, Paul claims that he does have a “full piece of content” in store for fans, which he hopes to release in the near future.

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Travis Scott and PlayStation tease new PS5 “Cactus Jack” Nike Dunks

Published: 23/Oct/2020 20:53

by Theo Salaun

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Travis Scott has revealed a new “TS5” teaser with PlayStation, which features a brief glimpse showcasing what appears to be a PS5 and Cactus Jack collaboration on a pair of Nike Dunk lows.

The 2020 king of collaborations, Scott, continues to up the ante. This time, he and Sony partnered to put together a teaser video, which is an obvious ode to the infamous Maxell “Blown Away Guy” advertisements from 1980.

In the social media commercial, Sony’s PlayStation headquarters are shown, followed by a few different employees who represent different aspects of the new console’s development (platform, design, and engineering). Afterward, Scott sits down, powers on a PS5, and is literally blown away.

Each employee is rocking some of Scott’s Cactus Jack merchandise, including one wearing a pair of his iconic Jordan 1 lows and one wearing a similar design, but on a pair of Nike Dunk lows. In the corner, a PS logo can be noticed by the sneaker’s heel.

It’s a short and sweet video, starting with some foreshadowing and teasing of the collaboration before finishing with a direct promotion for the PS5. An employee is seen wearing the PS5 Cactus Jack Dunks and then later, Scott himself appears to be wearing them as he kicks back and turns on the console.

In what might be obvious to those who have a keen eye for historic marketing content, the ending Scott portion of the clip is nearly a direct recreation of Maxell’s original ads from a couple decades ago. Those ads featured someone turning on one of the brand’s cassette tapes and experiencing the media quite physically. 

Similarly, Scott’s clothing, hair, and surrounding furniture are simultaneously hit with an unrelenting gust as soon as he powers on the PS5.

With the announcement from Sony that Scott has been enlisted as a “strategic creative partner,” it’s unclear exactly what the extent of this collaboration could mean. At the very least, fans can expect the two to work together on more projects.

One such project could be a pair of Cactus Jack sneakers, which would mean a three-way collab between Nike, Sony, and Scott’s own personal brand.

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The outside of the Cactus Jack x PlayStation Nike Dunks.

Scott’s sneaker collaborations typically sell out very quickly and then dominate the resale market, where resellers net huge profits just by lucking out and being among the first to invest in his reworked designs.

This sneaker follows the original Jordan 1 design, with an inverted swoosh logo on the outside, but in a contrasting colorway. Similarly, it seems to feature a PS5 logo at the heel (as other Nike and PlayStation collaborations have). It’s unknown whether these will be made available to the public or if they will be a “friends and family” symbolic release.