Logan Paul has come under fire once again after a photo posted to Instagram seemed to insensitively comment on the coronavirus epidemic currently plaguing China and the wider world.
The coronavirus has already laid claim to at least 132 lives in China as well as almost 10,000 confirmed cases of the disease, according to the Chinese National Health Commission.
The virus has spread to countless other countries across the world, including across Europe and in the USA, which has led to worldwide concern – as well as memes and jokes being made, as expected from the internet.
Logan, though, had managed to stay out of controversy for a while, but an Instagram post published on January 28 has seen him put himself back into the limelight for the wrong reasons.
The picture sees a topless Paul surrounded by Instagram models and adult film actress Riley Reid, on what appears to be a private jet, wearing gas masks and looking very comfortable in each other’s company.
The caption for the post read a very simple “f**k the coronavirus” which, while a sentiment most probably agree with, was accused of being insensitive when paired with the image attached.
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What Paul thought was probably just a lighthearted post turned out to be actually quite the opposite, and the YouTube star has been slammed for it by fans and non-fans alike.
Though there were some in the comments claiming the post was “hot” or laughing at it, several called Logan out on it. One commenter reminded him that “people are dying,” while another said it is “nothing to joke about” and that the star “never learns.”
Logan has not yet commented on the backlash to his post, which remains on his Instagram. Though he likely had no malicious intent when posting originally, he may reconsider these types of social media posts in the future.
Logan has clearly been trying to clean up his image since the now-infamous ‘suicide forest’ video, something he discussed when recording podcast episodes with Russell Brand in January 2020.
Whether he takes this backlash as a learning experience – or even addresses it at all – remains to be seen.