To his staunch fans – who call themselves the Jake Paulers – no prank is too wild, no controversy is too big. Whenever he’s mired in a scandal, tweets pour in with the hashtag #jakepaulisover. But it’s never really over. On the contrary, with every joke, joke or quarrel on the internet, he wins more fans on his YouTube channel.
Paul is hardly a household name, but his YouTube channel has over 20 million subscribers. Some of his pranks are so outrageous that the National Post of Canada once described him as a “silly threat to society”.
He threw a party during the pandemic
As Los Angeles battled the resurgence of coronavirus cases last month, Paul welcomed hordes of revelers to his Calabasas mansion. The mayor was not amused.
Videos captured at his home showed carefree young people partying without masks or social distancing. They danced, threw dice and drank from red cups. Others clung to an excavator crane which pulled them up and spun them around.
“It is totally unacceptable to interact with people like this during this time. People have to wear masks and people have to keep their distance. You can’t have parties with more than 100 people, ”said Mayor Alicia Weintraub.
After the party, the mayor said the city and law enforcement are adopting a zero tolerance policy for anyone hosting large gatherings.
He was charged with trespassing in a shopping center
Paul has been charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly after video showed him at a looted Arizona mall.
“Social media influencer Jake Paul was present and remained inside the mall after the gathering was declared illegal,” the Scottsdale Police Department said in June.
Authorities said he was present during the destruction of property at Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale. Paul has denied any involvement.
“To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in looting or vandalism,” he tweeted. “We filmed everything we saw in order to share our experience and draw more attention to the anger felt in each neighborhood we visited; we were documenting strictly, we were not engaging.
The Scottdale Police Department said on Wednesday it was dismissing the charges against him and two friends.
“It is in the best interest of the community to dismiss misdemeanor charges without prejudice so that a federal criminal investigation can be completed. Scottsdale retains the option of returning the charges based on the outcome of the federal investigation, ”police said in a statement.
His brother is equally controversial
Jake Paul has a brother who has more fans than him on YouTube. Just call them a double trouble.
Logan Paul made headlines in 2018 when he visited a Japanese forest known for its suicides. The signs posted there provide a helpline number and encourage suicidal visitors to seek help. While visiting with his group, they found a body hanged in the forest and filmed it. Logan Paul later posted an apology video after harsh criticism for showing the body.
“I should never have posted the video,” he said. “There are a lot of things I should have done differently but I didn’t and for that, from the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry. “
Disney dropped him after feuds with neighbors
In 2017, Disney severed ties with Jake Paul, who appeared on the “Bizaardvark” channel series.
The move came after his neighbors complained about his stunts, which included the burning of furniture in an empty swimming pool. At the time, neighbors were considering filing a public nuisance complaint against him.
“It used to be a nice quiet street and now we’re like this war zone,” CNN affiliate KTLA neighbor Maytal Dahan said at the time. “We are families here, and we are more than happy to see them live here if they respect their neighbors, but they don’t. ”
Neighbors told reporters that Paul liked to share his address, sending young girls to gather outside the house. When the affiliate asked Paul what he thought of the neighbors saying that living next door to him was “a living hell” and “a circus”, he seemed unfazed.
“I mean, people like to go to the circus, don’t they? ” He asked.
He once made a joke at the TSA with a teddy bear
In 2016, Jake Paul made headlines as he drove to the airport with a huge teddy bear. TSA released a photo of the stuffed animal sitting alone and shot dead at the airport.
“It was abandoned by its owners at LAX after the airline and TSA determined it was simply too big to be examined as carry-on and taken on the plane,” TSA wrote in the caption of the photo with a reminder to passengers of its size. hand luggage.
People raged at the TSA, saying it likely ruined a child’s Christmas by not letting the passenger take the bear on board.
But there was no child involved. Paul uploaded a video of his meeting with the TSA, telling his supporters that he had tried to smuggle “Brodie the Bear” – a gift for his girlfriend – to airport security, but that ‘he hadn’t.
#LetBrodieFly, he then tweeted.
CNN’s Saba Hamedy contributed to this report.