Jake Paul slammed after filming looters for video content during Black Lives Matter protests
1 June 2020, 19:01
Jake issued a statement explaining that he was not part of the looting, but people were still not happy with his reason behind "documenting" the vandalism.
Jake Paul has issued a Notes app statement after he was filmed alongside a group of looters during the Black Lives Matter protests in Scottsdale, Arizona.
An Instagram Story from Jake's videographer, Andrew Blue, went viral on Twitter, showing Jake walking through a mall that had been broken into and looted. Jake can be seen in the video walking with his vlogging camera, filming as groups of people break into a Sephora, smash a car, and loot a P.F. Chang's restaurant. That video has since been deleted from Instagram, but it's still up on Twitter.
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Since going viral, thousands of people have slammed him for his actions. And while the video doesn't show him actually looting or vandalising anything, he's also being called out for filming the whole thing for content for his channel.
i repeat FUCK JAKE PAUL he’s a millionaire looting while people are outside protesting, getting shot with rubber bullets, teargas, beat by cops etc. pic.twitter.com/qgNavkNZwy— theodore. (@SUGARClNEMA) May 31, 2020
Hey white people. Quit looting and destroying shit during the riots because you have the PRIVILEDGE to walk away without cops killing you. Also, fuck @jakepaul A LOT.— mamrie hart (@mametown) May 31, 2020
bro absolutely fuck you @jakepaul fall off the face of this fucking planet please god you are fucking gross people are being teargassed and shot at and you’re fucking LOOTING a mall.... fuck you. https://t.co/Jrhm7RBgnn— elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) May 31, 2020
Literal black people are getting arrested for looting during these protests but jake Paul a white man is posting him breaking In fashion square all over social media and nothing’s being done???? WHY???— Quarantine Clitoria ✨ (@okvixky) May 31, 2020
Jake Paul is a scumbag... being an opportunist when an innocent black man was just murdered in broad daylight, this isn’t content for a vlog kid this is real life. pic.twitter.com/5Chrxx14eU— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) May 31, 2020
In response to the backlash, Jake issued a statement:
“To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism.
For context, we spent the day doing our part to peacefully protest one of the most horrific injustices our country has ever seen, which led to us being tear-gassed for filming the events and brutality that were unfolding in Arizona. We were gassed and forced to keep moving on foot.
We filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighborhood we traveled through; we were strictly documenting, not engaging."
He continued: "I do not condone violence, looting, or breaking the law; however, I understand the anger and frustration that led to the destruction we witnessed and while it's not the answer, it's important that people see it and collectively figure out how to move forward in a healthy way.
We are all doing the best we can to be helpful and raise awareness; this is not the time to attack each other, it's time to join together and evolve."
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May 31, 2020
His statement drew even more questions and criticism from people on Twitter, with Hannah Hart and Elijah Daniel continuing to call him out.
Others called him out on the truth behind his location, stating that the peaceful protests were miles away from the area where he was filming the looting.
Singer Justine Skye slammed him, writing, "We don’t need your weak ass documentation. If you were about the peace, you would’ve encouraged those white kids causing destruction just for their selfish entertainment to STOP! Making actual PROTESTERS look bad. That’s how you help in those situations."
"they're accusing me of looting at a BLM protest, better clear my name by letting them know i was just there to get video content"— d'angelo wallace (@dangelno) May 31, 2020
proof that jake paul doesn't live in the real world, he just takes up space in it https://t.co/c38yCGyY0V
You are on camera with a bottle of vodka looted from a PF Chang’s.— elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) May 31, 2020
What movement are you part of? What organizations do you donate to and support?— Hannah Hart (@harto) May 31, 2020
saying you “don’t condome violence or looting” but then FILMING SAID LOOTING IS ENCOURAGING IT.— khloway #BLM (@khloway_) May 31, 2020
You “walked” over ten miles to an area where there were no protests, only looting AND there’s footage of you holding a grey goose bottle...Did you have that with you during the walk to keep you hydrated during your rigorous protesting? Or to clean the tear gas out of your eyes? https://t.co/0V8onB4FWQ— Lily Marston (@lily_marston) May 31, 2020
We don’t need your weak ass documentation. If you were about the peace, you would’ve encouraged those white kids causing destruction just for their selfish entertainment to STOP! Making actual PROTESTERS look bad. That’s how you help in those situations https://t.co/qQekBO2fJ6— Justine Skye (@JustineSkye) May 31, 2020