We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has recorded at least 62 million known cases and well over one million deaths. The United States in particular has the most cases and the most deaths. And yet, there are still some who believe that none of this is real and that this deadly virus is just a hoax.
For example: Jake Paul (1-0, 1 KO), who fights Nate Robinson in the Mike Tyson main co-event against Roy Jones Jr on Saturday.
Yes, this popular social media influencer and YouTube star recently did an interview with Marlow Stern of The Daily Beast, and among the topics covered was Paul having maskless parties at his home in California at a time when it wasn’t. is absolutely not something that no one should be. Make. Paul put his ignorance cards on the table for the world to see, and that’s just a part of the whole conversation.
I have to say I saw all this stuff over the summer and it pissed me off a bit. You were having those giant maskless parties at your home in Calabasas as COVID cases increased in the state, and it sparked a bunch of neighbor complaints and convictions from the mayor. And when Insider asked you about this at the end of July, you said, “Personally, I’m not the type of person who is going to sit still and not live my life. Do you regret these comments and do you still live in this mentality?
Yeah, I mean… it’s time for us to open up. This is obviously a controversial subject, but it is time for our nation to open up and get back to normal.
Do you really think that?
Yeah. One hundred percent. There are people losing their jobs, there are small businesses going bankrupt, there are millions of people who are unemployed right now, people are turning to alcohol and drugs to cope with everything that happens. It is the most detrimental thing to our society. COVID cases are less than 1% and I think the disease is a hoax.
Do you think the disease is a hoax? It has killed around 260,000 people so far this year.
Ugh. Yeah, and the flu too.
No. The flu only killed a fraction of it, and we also have a flu shot.
I can assure you it gets worse from there, including easily rebuttable lines that “98% of the news is fake” and wearing masks does nothing to stop the spread of the virus. Even more ridiculous is that in the same interview he continues to say “obviously the coronavirus a killed people ”, which logically means that a hoax virus has killed people.
Here’s another doozy:
[…] One hundred percent of our country is closed because of the 1 percent that’s at risk, so that’s what I meant about COVID being meaningless to me. It’s not okay. There is something more behind that the government does not tell us, and for me it sucks, because the lives of many children are affected because we are worried about the 1% who will die. And that sucks. I don’t want these people to die, and nobody wants them to die, but this is the process of life. And shit happens, so… I don’t know.
Even ignoring the crude morbidity of just accepting a 1% death rate when that’s a huge number of people just for the United States, as well as looking at this virus in a life / death binary situation, the whole country is not closed. There is no national lockdown and even at the state level there are literally sporting events going on with fans in attendance. Many non-essential stores and businesses are still open even if they don’t accept full capacity.
Rebound! Paul then did an interview with The Verge and claimed that Stern took his quotes out of context.
“So this guy, this reporter, he misquoted me,” Paul said. “He took what I said out of context, and I told him.
And then when The Verge asked him if he believed COVID was wrong, he pulled a 180 and said the unmistakably correct answer, which is that it’s real.
” No no. COVID is very, very real, ”he insisted. “COVID is very real, like, it’s killed so many people. It killed people I know. It killed someone very, very close to me. So that’s what I’m saying. I don’t even know where it came from.
He h. What happened to its false flu equivalence and
Long after Jake threw his bullshit in Stern’s direction claiming that he misquoted him and didn’t say those things, there you go, there’s the audio of the interview that Stern downloaded for everyone to hear. I don’t know about you, but my ears tell me this is fully transcribed and Paul was lying.
Anyway, if you want a deep interest in this gong show, let me tell you about Nate Robinson from Seattle. The former Washington Huskies star spent a decade in the NBA, is a three-time Slam Dunk Contest champion who has already blocked 7’6 ”Yao Ming to the rim. It only measures 5’9 “and 180 lbs playing a game where you can still be undersized to the point guard at 6’1”. It is not known that Robinson has ever done or said as many shitty things in his life as Jake Paul did in a year.