If you are someone that has been on the internet for some time now, then you probably spend more than enough time on Youtube. Since the site’s launch in 2006, millions of people have logged on to check out fun content and even post some for themselves.
It is said that Youtube has created an entire culture for a generation of people born in the early 2000s as many of them grew up watching the videos posted on the site and they got to know all of the creators that became popular on the site.
When the site was launched, it was launched with the intention of people being able to share their passions and post funny videos. Absolutely nobody could have guessed that Youtube could become the business that it has become. Due to the fact that being a content creator could make you so much money, more and more people flocked to the site with hopes of breaking through and becoming popular content creators. To make a name for yourself, all that you really need to do is buy cheap youtube views and post regularly and you are bound to collect somewhat of a following.
With all of the new content creators that started on the site in the last decade, there has been a lot of diversity in the content uploaded and with all of the content that has been uploaded to the site, Youtube has had its fair share of controversies. Nobody could have predicted that Youtube would become the center of such controversial stories over the years and here is a retrospective of all of the biggest Youtube controversies of the last decade.
If you are someone that spends a lot of time on Youtube, then as soon as you read the name Logan Paul, then you definitely know what I am referring to. In 2016, Logan Paul was at the height of fame with millions of followers and a dedicated fan base. Logan was Youtube’s golden boy and he was even jump-starting a Youtube singing career with a lot of positive reviews.
Logan was well known for his vlog-style videos, where he took his fans with him on his adventures and what he would do in a standard day as a Youtube sensation. His fans loved how transparent he was with them and they felt as though they were one big family that he called the ‘Mavericks’. Everything was going very well for Logan Paul until he decided to take his fans with him on a trip to Japan.
Logan planned to stay in Japan for a number of weeks and the first few vlogs that he posted on the site showed him exploring the city and getting to know the culture. These initial videos were controversial enough, as Logan was being quite disrespectful to Japanese culture. There is a way that Japanese people like to carry themselves in public and Logan was completely ignoring this, running around the streets and screaming.
The Controversial Video
It was his final Japan vlog that had the most controversy and this is when he ventured into Japan’s infamous ‘Suicide Forest’. As soon as the video started, fans were immediately uncomfortable as Logan entered the forest wearing a Toy story hat, which seemed to be extremely disrespectful. This forest earned its name due to the fact that people from all over Japan travel to this forest too, unfortunately, take their lives and so it seemed quite disrespectful that he would dress as he did.
Things really took a turn when Logan, unfortunately, stumbled across the body of someone that had taken their life. Any other ordinary person would have stopped filming and contacted the necessary authorities. Instead, Logan decided to film the body and was heard making some jokes and even laughing. He then uploaded this content to Youtube, which was obviously met with a lot of criticism. This controversy is so big due to the way that it changed how Youtube worked, companies were pulling their ads from the site and content creators were losing money. Logan apologized for what he did, but he will always be known for his disrespect.
Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star vs James Charles
One of the biggest examples of Youtube controversy in the beauty community actually happened only last year. If you are someone that keeps up with the beauty community, then you will know that there is a constant stream of arguments at all times.
A popular beauty content creator named Tati uploaded a video entitled ‘Goodbye Sister’ at the start of 2020 and within the hour-long video she ‘exposed’ the Youtuber James Charles and even accused him of being a sexual predator. Tati seemed to have a lot of information around all of the wrong things that James had done, but she didn’t want to reveal where this information had come from.
James later responded with a video that basically showed that every single point that was made by Tati was in fact a lie. James and Tati were actually very close friends before this controversy and he even did the makeup for her wedding. Within his response video, he begged Tati to reach out to him so that they could discuss what had happened. Tati then released a video where she apologized to James for the video that she had previously made and this is where it gets juicy.
Within Tati’s newer video she revealed that she had gained all of the information that she had from Youtubers Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star, who had repeatedly told her to make a video and let the world know what kind of person James was, but not to include her. It turns out that Tati was simply relaying information that she had learned from Jeffree and Shane and she apologized for allowing herself to be caught up in the drama and almost completely destroying the career James had worked for.
Nobody really knows why Shane and Jeffree tried to ruin James’ career as they have denied all allegations. Fans have guessed that it had something to do with their more recent makeup release, which would have lined up perfectly with the release of James’ brand new makeup line that was being released by the same company as Shane and Jeffree’s. Luckily for James, he was able to clear his name relatively quickly and his makeup launch was a great success, which could not have been saying for Jeffree and Shane as their careers have been on a downward spiral since this controversy.