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Los Angeles mural depicting Logan Paul’s infamous ‘Suicide Forest’ video stirs controversy

Published: 14/Feb/2019 1:12 Updated: 14/Feb/2019 1:30

by Virginia Glaze


A mural painted in Echo Park, Los Angeles, depicts popular YouTuber Logan Paul hanging from a noose – likely in reference to his divisive vlog in Japan’s ‘Aokigahara’ Suicide Forest.

While the mural appears to have been created in late January, the artwork continues to stir up controversy in mid-February, with some Echo Park residents feeling that the mural represents an anti-LGBTQ+ message.

Although the mural clearly depicts Paul in his outfit taken during the offending vlog from early 2018, one local citizen noted that his jacket features a rainbow – which they interpreted to be the LGBTQ+ flag.

“I immediately knew what it was for because I saw the pride flag on his shirt, so I immediately knew it was directed at LGBT community and that was heartbreaking,” resident Buffy Winkler said of the piece.

However, others across the internet have noted that the mural obviously represents Paul, with even the likes of news YouTuber Philip DeFranco expressing confusion at claims to the contrary.

“I just don’t think that it makes sense, given the blatantly obvious evidence with this situation for there to be any water given to the argument that this is an attack on the LGBT community,” DeFranco argued.

The implementation of the mural likewise follows Paul’s divisive comments on the LGBT community, where he claimed that he would be “going gay” for the month of March as part of his New Year’s resolution.

Paul has yet to comment on the mural, and Los Angeles police have yet to receive any reports against the art.


Minecraft streamers TommyInnit, Tubbo & more dominate Twitch after Dream SMP finale

Published: 24/Jan/2021 12:29

by Georgina Smith


Streamers who are part of Dream’s SMP Minecraft server such as TommyInnit, Tubbo, Quackity, and more, are topping the list of the fastest growing streamers on Twitch following an SMP finale stream.

The Minecraft community has experienced a giant surge in popularity throughout the past year, with the 2011 game providing a central focus for a huge number of streamers who have seen a boost in their follower count recently.

Largely this resurgence in popularity is due to the huge multi-streamer server named the ‘Dream SMP.’ Dream is a popular Minecraft speedrunner and YouTuber, and while the SMP (survival multiplayer server) started off as a simple fun server, it quickly progressed into remarkably detailed roleplay and lore, which has captivated fans across the world.

Minecraft promo image next to Dream logo
Minecraft.net, Mojang, Microsoft Studios / dreambranding.com
The Dream SMP is full of many hugely popular streamers and YouTubers.

The story of the Dream SMP features wars, betrayal, revolutions, and more, and these plotlines are acted out and developed by a huge host of streamers who have all appeared in the server or in content relating to the server.

Dream SMP dominate fastest-growing channels

Following a ‘finale’ stream that saw an end to part of the developing story, many of these Dream SMP streamers are shooting to the top of the ranks on Twitch, dominating the fastest-growing streamers list.

According to SullyGnome, 16-year-old Tommy is the fastest-growing account on the platform, with his average viewers at a whopping 300,000. This follows his finale stream in which he peaked at around 650,000 viewers.

(Note: The top channel here, elpront0, is the victim of a follow bot, and so those numbers are discounted)

Table showing the fastest growing streamers for the week up to January 24
SullyGnome’s data shows the fastest growing streamers for the seven days leading up to January 24.

Close behind Tommy, and all within the top ten fastest-growing streamers for the seven days leading up to January 24, are fellow SMP streamers awesamdude, Tubbo, RanbooLive, Quackity, Foolish Gamers, Sapnap, and Philza.

To see this list dominated by one group of people is certainly a testament to the growing popularity of the Dream SMP group. With so many creators on board, the amount of content is practically endless, and clearly a huge amount of work has gone into developing the lore.

Now this finale has passed, fans will be keen to know what’s going to happen next in the world of the Dream SMP, and there’s no doubt that this interest will provide an even bigger boost in numbers for these streamers.