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Jake Paul hints at “moving on” from YouTube ahead of KSI vs Logan Paul 2

Published: 9/Nov/2019 21:01 Updated: 9/Nov/2019 21:07

by Virginia Glaze

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While Jake Paul might be a music artist, pro boxer, and former Disney star, the Team 10 founder is best known for his storied YouTube career – but it looks like the internet celeb is hoping to leave those days behind him.

In a video uploaded on November 9 – mere hours ahead of the highly-anticipated KSI vs Logan Paul rematch – Jake joked about “moving on” from the platform after being asked to quit boxing by his tiny housemate, Tydus.

“Yeah, boxing is cool, but you’re a YouTuber,” Tydus argued.

Jake Paul, InstagramJake Paul could be making a huge career move in the future, according to some joking statements made in a November 9 video.
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“No I’m not,” Paul scoffed. “I’m an entertainer. I entertain people. I’m no longer controversial. I’m not a YouTuber, bro. …I’m moving on from that phase, you know? So subscribe to see my next phase.”

This statement was broken up with humorous plugs for his own merch, after which he posed with his diamond play button in an obvious, self-inflicted jab at his hopes of growing out of being an internet star.

“Yeah, I’m just like, over it for now,” he continued. “Your life goes in phases and such. You know what I’m saying? I just don’t do YouTube anymore.”

(Timestamp: 5:30 for mobile viewers)

While Paul made no mention of what his “next phase” might be, the YouTuber has been adamantly requesting a pro fight from promoter Eddie Hearn, who hinted at a potential bout for the star following the KSI rematch.

That’s not all: Jake also mentioned upcoming songs in his video discussing his YouTube career, for which he shot music videos following his livestreamed marriage to MTV starlet Tana Mongeau.

Jake Paul, InstagramBoth Jake and Logan Paul have been open about their hopes at stepping into the world of professional fighting.
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With both Jake and Logan fiending for careers in professional fighting, it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to fans, should either of them take a step back from regular uploads – something that Logan hinted at in late May, claiming that being a YouTuber is “wack.”

Logan Paul, InstagramLogan Paul came under fire for his divisive statements on being a YouTuber.
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As time ticks down to one of YouTube’s biggest events to date, Jake’s statement could hint at greater things to come – or, it could merely be a clickbait joke, as was the title of his video.

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FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.