Logan Paul, the YouTube star who came under fire recently after posting a video of a corpse, is at the center of yet another controversy. This time around, Paul is facing backlash for uploading a video in which he's seen shooting two lifeless rats with a Taser gun. As if that wasn't enough, in a now deleted tweet, he joined the Tide Pods internet challenge, suggesting he'd eat one of the detergent capsules for every retweet he got. Perhaps that's just his sense of humor, but Paul should have known that everything he does from now on will be heavily scrutinized.
Yet somehow he thought it would be a good idea to show his viewers a display of animal cruelty and to promote edible chemicals. This comes only about a week after Paul's first public interview since the issue with his "Suicide Forest" video in January, which he subsequently took down and apologized for in a second video. Paul went on ABC's Good Morning America and told host Michael Strahan he was just "a good guy who made a bad decision." But Paul's latest actions show he hasn't learned his lesson.
You could argue that he was probably joking when he said he would eat Tide Pods in exchange for retweets, but since his core audience is made up of teenagers and younger kids, Paul has the power to influence them to do the same. So why would he want to open even a remote possibility of someone mimicking him and potentially harming themselves?