Logan Alexander Paul (born April 1, 1995) is an American internet personality, actor, director, and musician. Paul first gained fame through videos shared on former Internet video service Vine, later moving to Facebook and YouTube after the platform’s shutdown. Paul’s television and film work includes guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Weird Loners, and roles in films The Thinning and The Space Between Us. He has been the subject of much controversy and legal issues.
Paul rose to fame as a member on the Internet video sharing service Vine. In February 2014, he had over 3.1 million followers on various social media platforms. By April 2014 he had attained 105,000 Twitter followers, 361,000 Instagram followers, 31,000 likes on his Facebook page and about 150,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. A YouTube compilation video of his Vine work garnered more than four million views the first week it was posted. In 2015 he was ranked as the 10th most influential figure on Vine, with his six-second videos earning him hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising revenue. By that October, his Facebook videos alone had more than 300 million views.
“TheOfficialLoganPaul” is the YouTube account used by Paul to upload short films and comedy sketches. Paul also posts a daily vlog to “Logan Paul Vlogs”, uploading every day from September 12, 2016, to January 1, 2018. While his first channel has a following of 4.36 million, his vlog channel surpassed it with a following of 15.7 million as of January 10, 2018.
In January 2019, Paul made a statement on his podcast Impaulsive, “What is it, male-only March?” said Paul, “We’re gonna attempt to go gay for just one month.” Paul has faced mass criticism, with many people condemning Paul over his remarks, and he emphasized that being gay isn’t a choice. The LGBT+ organization GLAAD responded to Paul’s statement on Twitter, writing: “That’s not how it works, Logan Paul. “Paul would later respond to the criticism, mentioning that he used “very poor choice of words… [and it was his] fault”. Then Paul asked GLAAD to “get together and talk about [the controversy] on [his] podcast” as a formal apology. He eventually released the apology, which was delayed because Paul was at the time, recovering from tonsillectomy. The authenticity of Paul’s apology has been called into question.
In March 2019, Paul released what many have dubbed as a Flat Earth “mockumentary”, in which was supposedly a full-length documentary about the Flat Earth Theory. In the video, Paul interviewed many self-proclaimed “Flat Earthers”, and did a speech at the 2018 Flat Earth International Conference, which took place in Denver, Colorado. Paul’s so-called “Documentary” would be best defined as a sketch-comedy despite what Paul had originally stated to his fans before the release of the film.