We’ve all seen YouTube vloggers journey the place they shouldn’t. In any case, who can overlook Logan Paul’s disastrous, racist, insensitive trip to Japan? However Logan isn’t the one one vlogging up drama in 2018. Enter Jake Paul, Logan’s youthful brother and a fellow vlogger, who additionally determined to cope with tragedy.
In his newest video, Jake visited Parkland, Florida, after a shooter killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14. And the YouTube star couldn’t go away the positioning with out capturing a documentary-style vlog, a virtually 22-minute video by which he outlined his concepts for stopping faculty shootings — with nary a gun management point out within the footage, although he did point out it within the copy that accompanied the video. He additionally scored an interview with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) over Skype.
Drawing on his personal perception that some individuals suppose passing legal guidelines is “super easy,” Jake posed questions like, “Can you explain some of the struggles around passing laws?” and “Is there something new that you’re working on?” Rubio in flip gave imprecise solutions and tried to hyperlink mass shootings to individuals with psychological well being points, people who “over a couple of years, are getting worse and worse.” Rubio continued, “One of the first things we learned from this is we got to be better at identifying who these people are ahead of time.” (Rubio’s additionally identified that the Parkland shooter had been reported to the sheriff and others over time however nobody had “listened.”) In a while, Rubio in contrast preventive measures for varsity security to the TSA’s growth post-9/11.
The interview is intercut with footage of Rubio from CNN, displaying him admitting to a Parkland survivor that he will continue to accept money from the NRA or “anyone who agrees with my agenda. The influence of these groups comes not from money. The influence comes from the millions of people who agree with the agenda.”
After they signed off, Jake defined that true change comes not from politicians however from dad and mom and youngsters and that they will’t look ahead to “hundreds” of individuals in Washington to make legal guidelines. So why attain out to Rubio in any respect? The Miami New Times claimed Jake used the interview with Rubio as proof that politicians can’t be trusted to impact change, however others online weren’t as beneficiant with their evaluation. If something, Jake’s “plan” has quite a bit in widespread with Rubio and other conservatives’ legislative efforts at gun management. (Rubio earned an “A+” NRA rating in 2016.) Jake’s solutions for safer colleges within the video embody a gun check-in level, bulletproof laptop computer pouch inserts, and social media’s self-monitoring (flagging violent pictures with the frequency at which they flag nudity and different “inappropriate” objects). He additionally ends his video promising to donate $25,000 to (vaguely sufficient) “help be a part of this cause.”
On-line, Jake was primarily derided for his lack of journalistic skills (“A lot of people think passing laws is super easy”) and obvious effort (and failure) to precise real emotion all through. What’s extra, the video seems fairly anachronistic to Jake’s previous stance on firearms. Every day Beast reporter Taylor Lorenz identified on Twitter that Jake has each featured weapons on his vlog and has a tattoo of an assault rifle on his thigh. Folks can change their minds on weapons — in any case, a number of civilians went viral on Facebook after turning their very own AR-15 rifles in to the police to be melted down after the Parkland capturing — however the digital viewers’s data of Jake’s past antics doesn’t essentially set him up for fulfillment.
What’s extra, Jake claims he would’ve purchased a bulletproof backpack insert in highschool had he recognized they existed. He advocates for check-ins on open-carry campuses. Social media’s self-monitoring of violent posts in and of itself isn’t a nasty concept, however can we depend on Instagram, with its roughly 800 million users to note and inform the authorities when a submit appears to be like suspicious?
Two hours after he revealed the video, Jake tweeted out an additional five-point plan by which he walked again a few of his video’s factors, claiming that “gun reform is an absolute must…but is part of the solution.” His tweet, despatched after the video was put collectively and posted, reveals that Jake is working largely within the court docket of public opinion. Criticized for not mentioning gun management within the video, he hedged with the equal of “Oh yeah, I meant that. I just forgot to say it.”