Controversial YouTuber Logan Paul faced criticism after he said he would “go gay for a month” during a podcast.
During the latest episode of his podcast, he said that he had some new year resolutions for the first three months of 2019, including “male only March.”
“So it’s male-only March,” he explained in the podcast released on January 9. “We’re gonna attempt to go gay for just one month.”
Co-host on the show Mike Majlak commented: “For one month. And then swing… go back.”
Paul’s comments come a year after he posted a video showing a dead body in Japan’s Aokigahara forest which prompted mass outrage.
Many have taken to Twitter to share their anger over the suggestion that people can choose to “go gay”.
One person wrote: “Okay, are you f**king kidding me? First, there’s no such thing as “going gay”, you either are or you aren’t.
“And I understand experimenting but this is just using the LGBT community for views and it’s sick. F**k Logan Paul.”
Another wrote: “Yet another swing and a miss from @LoganPaul. You can’t just ‘go gay’ for a month for a laugh.
“And for all the people defending this and saying it’s just a joke – even if it is, it’s tone-deaf and not funny.”
YouTuber Joey Graceffa’s partner, tweeted: “Logan Paul joking about being gay “for one month” while countless LGBT+ around the world are killed & committing suicide for their sexuality, is disgusting.
“He continues to be an awful representation of the YouTube community & shows he truly has learned NOTHING over the last year.”
Following the backlash, LGBT+ organisation GLAAD tweeted “That’s not how it works, @LoganPaul”.
That’s not how it works, @LoganPaul. https://t.co/G0DbsQjdxf
— GLAAD (@glaad) January 11, 2019
Paul then replied, saying “very poor choice of words… my fault” and invited GLAAD to be a guest on his podcast.
“Let’s get together and talk about it on my podcast next week?” he tweeted.
GLAAD has yet to respond to the invite.
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