After seven months of controversy and inexplicable terribleness, Logan Paul seems to be rearing his head again.
As you may remember, Paul has been consistently under fire for dragging YouTube through the mud with a series of bad behaviour, the most notable being the stunt he pulled in Aokigahara, Japan.
The YouTuber has been relatively quiet since the media absolutely demolished him, but Paul has resurfaced to talk about his year with vlogger Casey Neistat.
Neistat's raw, unedited interview clocks in at a hefty 32 minutes. We know you don’t have that kind of time, so we watched it for you and pulled out the best (and worst) bits.
Road to redemption
The interview kicks off with Neistat asking Paul about his upcoming documentary.
According to Paul, the documentary is about “losing it all and making a comeback”. Paul also says that the intent is to “find out what went wrong in my life that I thought what I did was a good idea”.
While we’re not sure what Paul has actually lost (because he still looks like a rich YouTuber with 15 million subscribers and a mansion), he goes on to say that up to this point his life was just “consistent wins and growth".
Paul goes on to say that this upcoming documentary of his will showcase an attempt at redemption.
He tells Neistat that he doesn’t intend to profit from the video, but when Neistat asks if the video will be monetised, he responds with “I dunno”. That doesn’t lead us to believe that he has no intention of profiteering from his own attempt at redeeming himself.
It was a rat, Casey
The global villainisation Paul experienced following his actions did not inspire him to be better.
Instead, Paul tells Neistat how he “became obsessed with the idea of being a villain” and how he “made the conscious decision to be the guy they think I am.”
He then goes on to use this justification to explain why he filmed himself tasering a rat a few weeks after the Aokigahara incident. Not before clarifying that it was indeed a rat, and not a mouse as Neistat had said.
“I became the architect of my own destruction,” Paul added, sounding like a fresh heel turn in the WWE.
“There's a difference between being culturally insensitive and just insensitive." Paul explains in this next section of the video.
This is in response to Neistat calling out the time Paul is seen acting disrespectfully towards a number of Japanese citizens in his vlogs.
You heard it here first folks, dressing up as a Pikachu and throwing a Pokéball at a Japanese citizen is not at all culturally insensitive.
This leads Neistat in to asking about Paul’s thought process during the famous Aokigahara vlog.
Paul explains that him laughing in the original vlog is a ‘defense mechanism’ to conceal the initial shock he’s feeling at discovering the body.
While that sort of makes sense, the excuse doesn’t cover the fact that he went home and edited, uploaded, monetised and photoshopped himself a nice clickbait corpse thumbnail to top it all off.
Create create create
To his credit, Paul makes a very good point about the constant pressure that creators are under to produce regular content.
"I got so caught up with my actions being validated by millions of people that I forgot to be a human being in that situation,” Paul said in the video.
It's not unheard of for content creators to experience burn out as a result of their need to make content consistently.
However, he absolutely ruins his own sincerity at the end of the video by plugging his own merch which Neistat craftily edits out.
The interviews rounds off with Neistat quizzing Paul about his upcoming fight with KSI. Paul explains the origin of the spat and throws in a few promotional sentences.
“I apologised already, but I am sorry that I brought shame upon the platform,” Paul says towards the end of the video.
Any slight semblance of composure or growth Paul might have showcased in the interview is instantly destroyed after he feels the need to point out that he’d already apologised for systematically smearing an entire platform in minutes.
Either way, Paul will be fighting fellow YouTuber KSI on August 25th, and the event will take place at the Manchester arena.
While we don't condone violence, placing a bet on Paul not having his head kicked could be a win/win either way.
Watch the full interview below.