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Logan Paul mocks Flat Earthers after his ‘documentary’ prank

Published: 23/Mar/2019 18:56 Updated: 23/Mar/2019 19:02

by Virginia Glaze

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Controversial YouTuber Logan Paul released his anticipated Flat Earth documentary on March 20 – but it wasn’t everything that viewers were expecting.

While Paul’s video featured interviews with genuine Flat Earthers, it played out more like a comedic ‘mockumentary,’ and now, the YouTuber is continuing to poke fun at the community.

Paul posted a cheeky Tweet on March 22, that shows a video from the Flat Earth International Conference organizer discussing his experience with the YouTuber’s film crew.

“Another thing that he outright lied about was the fact that he was going to be doing a documentary,” the organizer vehemently stated. “…quite honestly, I was punked. I was duped.”

Paul appeared to find some humor in the organizer’s distaste for his project, captioning the video, “The flat earthers have spoken” – adding the ‘🤭’ emoji for good measure.

The YouTuber likewise teased a “tell all” video about the ‘mockumentary,’ and is taking questions from viewers about the project’s culmination – which he previously described as an “undercover” operation during a joint podcast with YouTube group ‘The Corridor Cast.’

Paul had even teased the possibility of being a Flat Earther himself ahead of the video’s release, with his advertisements for the project appearing to hint at a serious documentary that would take a deep dive into the community’s philosophies.

Popular YouTuber Ethan Klein of H3H3 had also accused Paul of ripping off ideas from Shane Dawson, known in recent years for his highly-acclaimed documentary series covering major internet celebrities and even conspiracy theories.

However, Paul’s video also gained acclaim after its release for pranking audiences with its odd humor, with the likes of the BBC’s Dave Lee and the Washington Post’s Gene Park giving the mockumentary praise via Twitter.

Despite his highly-criticized debacle in Japan’s Aokigahara ‘Suicide Forest’ in early 2018, the YouTuber continues to find success on the platform, in spite of further controversy.

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Trisha Paytas quits “toxic” social media after apologizing to James Charles & D’Amelios

Published: 9/Jan/2021 23:27

by Theo Salaun

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No stranger to drama, influencer Trisha Paytas has apologized to James Charles, Charli and Dixie D’Amelio before claims that she will delete her social media profiles due to toxicity.

Nearly 700,000 followers on Twitter, 3.9 million on TikTok and nearly 200,000 on her backup Instagram (her original was deleted), Trisha Paytas boasts an enormous social footprint on the internet. But, following another string of drama with some of the world’s biggest influencers, she is planning to disable it all.

Absolute, unrelenting candor has become a staple of the Paytas presence. From David Dobrik and Ethan ‘h3h3’ Klein to, more recently, James Charles and the D’Amelio sisters, Paytas is more familiar with web beef than a podcast advertisement for Omaha Steaks. Within months of the latest drama, though, the outspoken influencer is toning it down and stepping back.

In a video posted to her TikTok account on January 8, Paytas let fans (and haters) know that, due to toxicity, she would be closing off her presence on social media. Simultaneously, she made a brief apology to Charles and the D’Amelio sisters.

Front camera on, makeup off and set in a dark room, Paytas breaks her traditional, eclectic, TikTok grid with the brief video explaining her need to leave social media. To start the video, she quickly updated fans on her plans moving forward: “I’m leaving the app, for real. I’m leaving social media. It’s a really toxic place and I wish you all well.”

Then, she added on a succinct apology to the massive influencers who have been involved in her recent beef: “I want to apologize to Charli, Dixie and James.”

Trailing off with an “um” after the apology, Paytas cuts the video off and provides no further elaboration. Instead, the next day she posted two videos following her traditional content, one about new sunglasses and one about grilled cheese. And, finally, she posted a final video explaining her plans.

While Paytas has yet to delete any of her social media profiles, she confirms on TikTok that it remains her intention. Instead, she promises fans that they’ll still have some limited access to her content: “You can find me on YouTube, I’m going to be focusing on me, my family and my fiance.” 

Charles and the D’Amelio sisters haven’t responded to the apology while fans are reluctant to believe the accounts will be deleted. Regardless, Paytas leaves her viewers with a simple message: “For those of you showed me love, thank you. For those of you who showed me hate, you win.”