YouTuber Logan Paul is no stranger to controversy - but one divisive guest on his podcast is earning him ample backlash across the web.
Paul announced that he would be receiving noted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones onto his ‘imPaulsive’ podcast in a Tweet on April 9, showing a sneak peek from the episode that featured Jones flipping off the camera.
The Tweet has since circulated across the internet, with users decrying Paul’s decision to invite Jones onto the show for fear that his ideology would take root in the YouTuber’s relatively young audience.
tomorrow on impaulsive ? pic.twitter.com/GWo2uUot5x
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) April 10, 2019
The issue with Alex Jones
Free speech activist Nathan Bernard posted a scathing take on Paul’s episode with Jones, making sure to reference the YouTuber’s past controversy in Japan’s Aokigahara ‘Suicide Forest,’ where he filmed the body of a suicide victim for a vlog in early 2018.
“Logan Paul, a Youtube meathead who recently mocked suicide victims and has 18 million teenage subscribers, is hosting far right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his podcast today,” Bernard wrote. “This is how radicalization happens online.”
Logan Paul, a Youtube meathead who recently mocked suicide victims and has 18 million teenage subscribers, is hosting far right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his podcast today. This is how radicalization happens online. pic.twitter.com/Woli227CzW
— Nathan Bernard (@nathanTbernard) April 10, 2019
Bernard wasn’t the only one to speak out on the matter; NBC news reporter Brandy Zadrozny likewise decried Jones’ appearance on the podcast, writing, “What kind of person thinks a hilarious podcast guest would be a guy who terrorized the parents of babies killed in a mass school shooting?”
What kind of person thinks a hilarious podcast guest would be a guy who terrorized the parents of babies killed in a mass school shooting?
— Brandy Zadrozny (@BrandyZadrozny) April 10, 2019
Logan Paul or Joe Rogan?
Of course, Paul isn’t the first to invite Jones onto a podcast, by far; noted podcast host Joe Rogan invited the conspiracy theorist onto his own show in an attempt to make amends after their comical “spat” - resulting in a five-hour conversation concerning aliens and human-pig hybrids.
Paul’s podcast with Jones went live on April 10 and took a deep dive into his past claims and controversies, with ample good-natured banter between the group and even a few games (including a Rorschach test to “analyze” Jones’ psyche) - not excluding rants about spider-goats and human-animal hybrids, of course.
Jones has been banned on multiple social media platforms, including the likes of Facebook, YouTube, and even cryptocurrency websites.
Thanks to Logan Paul, the theorist has made a return to the video platform once more - but not without stirring controversy.