Jake Paul Believes COVID Is ‘a Hoax’—and I Am Fake News squib

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It’s everyday bro, with the Disney Channel flow. With those eight unmistakable words, I was thrust into the chaotic world of Jake Paul—YouTube star, Disney Channel castoff, and aspiring rapper. A friend had sent me the music video for the song, titled “It’s everyday bro,” along with the following question: You see this shit?

I did, and down the rabbit hole I went. A native of Westlake, Ohio, Paul is the younger brother (by two years) of Logan Paul, who is perhaps best known for a grotesque stunt wherein he filmed a corpse at Aokigahara, known as Japan’s “suicide forest,” and posted it to YouTube. Like big bro, Paul amassed millions of followers on Vine via viral stunts, before bringing his talents to YouTube, where over 20 million people tune in to his antics (another 11.8 million tag along on TikTok). He’s the ringleader of Team 10, an influencer collaborative, and that aforementioned “rap” video has attracted over 275 million views.

But in the last few years, Paul’s name has been synonymous with controversy. First came the neighbors in his L.A. enclave who contemplated filing a class-action lawsuit against him over the pranks, ragers, and other incredibly loud shenanigans at his mansion. Shortly thereafter, Disney and Paul, who’d starred on their series Bizaardvark, parted ways. Then TMZ ran a video of Paul dropping the N-word in a freestyle rap. In 2020 alone, he’s been embroiled in a strange hotel altercation with Zayn Malik in Las Vegas; was accused of partaking in a mall riot in Scottsdale during the George Floyd protests for Black lives; had the FBI raid his home and confiscate weapons as part of an ongoing investigation; and drew widespread condemnation, including by the mayor, for throwing a massive, maskless party at his Calabasas mansion in July, while COVID-19 cases were spiking across the country.

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