Logan Paul has defended his controversial remarks about vowing to “go gay for a month”.
The controversial YouTuber made the comment on a recent episode of his Impaulsive podcast series, where he and co-host Mike Majlak told listeners about their questionable New Year’s resolutions for 2019.
For January, the pair announced they were going vegan and sober, while “fatal February” would see them “go the opposite” and consume lots of meat and vodka. And then came March.
“It’s male only March, so we’re gonna attempt to go gay for just one month,” Logan said.
“For one month, and then swing, go back,” Mike added.
Unsurprisingly, the comments faced huge backlash from those on social media, with many calling on Logan to use his platform to advocate for LGBTQ issues instead.
The negative response led to the YouTuber issuing an apology (of sorts) on Twitter after LGBTQ charity GLAAD called him out.
“Very poor choice of words… my fault,” he wrote. “Let’s get together and talk about it on my podcast next week?”
He’s now defended his actions during a podcast with LGBTQ rights activist Josh Seefried, explaining that his original comments came from an authentic place.
“You are a person that sets the tone of what is acceptable to make a joke of,” Josh told him. “I don’t think it is acceptable to make that kind of joke.”
Logan replied: “So if I want to hook up with dudes for a month in March, I can’t do that?”
He further explained: “Sexuality is so fluid nowadays, I don’t think twice about talking about being gay, I don’t give a shit. Being gay is cool to me, I think it’s a very cool thing.
“I think it’s very courageous and noble… there is nothing more beautiful than being yourself. This hurts me because I am such a pro-gay dude.
“I did not say that was a joke. That was the narrative the media decided to run with because my name is Logan Paul. If I want to hook up with dudes in March, I’m gonna fucking do it.”
This isn’t the first time Logan has found himself at the centre of controversy – last year, he faced huge backlash after filming a dead body in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, one of the world’s most prevalent suicide locations.
The video received millions of views before it was taken down. Logan later apologised for the video, claiming his intention was to “raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention”.