As protests and riots rage in every corner of the United States, Youtuber Jake Paul apparently couldn't resist pulling some predictably heinous shit. The problematic 23-year-old (and millionaire) was filmed among a group of looters in an Arizona mall - even caught on camera accepting stolen vodka from a looted P.F. Chang's. The videos, which were filmed by his photographer and videographer Andrew Blue, were not received well by the internet.
Much of the backlash involves the immense insensitivity of hijacking what is supposed to be a peaceful protest regarding the treatment of Black Americans, and specifically last Monday's murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police officers. Many people feel that Paul, and other people who are using the protests as an excuse to loot and set things on fire, undermine the the purpose of the demonstrations and shows of support. In response to the backlash, Jake Paul released at statement on social media, claiming he took no part in the looting - and that he and his friends were there to share the experience.
The apology is definitely garnering some violently rolled eyes, especially considering the footage that is public for the world to see. It wouldn't be the first time that Jake, or his equally dense brother, Logan, seemed to use a tragic and serious situation to boost their clout. Sadly, it probably won't be the last.