“If I want to hook up with dudes in March, I’m gonna fucking do it.”
YouTube mega-star Paul Logan earlier this month announced ― apparently as a joke ― that his New Year’s resolution was to “go gay” for the month of March.
But in response to outrage from the LGBT community, Paul this week felt compelled to own his commitment to a homosexual lifestyle, earnestly suggesting on his “ImPlausible” podcast that he was “gonna fucking do it.”
Watch it go down:
Logan, who has faced criticism for insensitivity before, backed himself into this corner when, on the Jan. 9 episode of the podcast, he pledged to participate in an event he invented called “Male-Only March.” The commitment was pretty clearly insincere. It came as part of a riff on the explosion of month-long challenges, with Paul also claiming to be committed to “Veganuary,” “Dry January,” and something he dubbed “Fatal February.”
The YouTuber burst into laughter after making the crack, as did his co-hosts and guest, “Brother Nature.”
Some people, though, were not amused. LGBT activists and commentators widely criticized Paul for allegedly trivializing their alternative sexualities.
So, on Monday, Paul brought one LGBT activist, Josh Seefried, onto the podcast to clear the air. Paul started out by saying he was “incredibly sorry” for his “poor choice of words”, saying that he “misspoke.” He then asked Seefriend if he had been offended.
“Oh, absolutely,” the activist said.
Seefried explained that Paul had failed in his responsibility to use his YouTube channels ― which have some 20 million subscribers ― to spread messages of inclusion.
“So if I want to hook up with dudes for a month in March, I can’t do that?” Paul protested.
Seefried replied: “If you genuinely want to experiment with men, that’s a different thing than saying ‘I’m gonna go gay for a month.'”
Paul averred that he understood “Going gay is not a choice,” which seemed to send him down the slippery slope toward promising to spend March fooling around exclusively with other men.
“I did not say that was a joke,” he insisted later in the podcast, referring to his homosexual New Year’s resolution. “That was the narrative that the media decided to run with because my name is Logan Paul. If I want to hook up with dudes in March, I’m gonna fucking do it.”
Paul also sought to convince listeners that he had always been “a pro-gay dude” and maybe even a little gay himself, saying he had “kissed many men.”
“Whether it’s on film. Whether it’s just fucking around on vlogs. This is why when I’m under attack for this whole thing, I’m sitting here thinking if I should tweet these pictures of me kissing dudes,” he said. “This whole thing hurts.”
However, Paul could not quite stay committed to his new gay identity. At other points in the show, he seemed to implicitly acknowledge that maybe he had been kidding after all. He warned of the dangers of “cancel culture,” railed against the media’s portrayal of his comments, and pointed to other people who had gotten away with similar jokes ― which prompted Seefried to admonish him for “deflecting.”
As Paul alluded to when he wasn’t pretending to be gay, internet platforms, like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, which were once hailed as wide-open means of communication, have become incubators for a culture of shaming and mob justice. Venturing outside the politically correct consensus ― intellectually, comedically, or otherwise ― has become increasingly hazardous.
Some liberals have argued that this development represents a type of progress toward creating a more inclusive society. But many others, notably including the members of “intellectual dark web, ” have warned that the freedom of speech and thought is at risk.
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