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What Brands Should Takeaway From The Logan Paul Fiasco: History, Backlash, YouTube's Response
He’s faked his own murder, gifted his roommate a $20,000 Rolex for no reason, and kidnapped his brother’s girlfriend. Who is he? 22-year-old Logan Paul, a YouTube celebrity with 20 million subscribers across two YouTube channels and millions of dollars in influencer deals via big brands like Walmart, Dunkin Donuts, and more.
But now, Paul’s lucrative internet career is in disarray following a video he posted featuring a human corpse. Many believe that Paul’s career as an influencer is finished and that he represents the type of disastrous collaborator brands should avoid. Others argue that Paul, as a sensationalist, attracts enormous millennial and Gen Z audiences and is therefore worth the risk as a brand collaborator.
Here we’ll break down the fallout of Paul’s controversial video and analyze its implications for YouTube, brands, and the wider influencer industry.