LGBTQ+ YouTubers Are Furious With Logan Paul And They're Completely Right To Be
3 January 2018, 12:45
While YouTubers from all walks of life have condemned Logan Paul for showing a dead body - an apparent victim of suicide - in a recent video, many LGBTQ+ YouTubers have been particularly angered by the situation, due to YouTube's seemingly targeted demonetisation of non-sexual LGBTQ+ content.
Throughout 2017, YouTube faced accusations of anti-LGBTQ+ demonetisation policies after perfectly family-friendly queer content was deemed to be ineligible for monetisation or placed in YouTube's restricted mode. So after it was discovered that Logan Paul's video - which featured a dead body in the thumbnail - was deemed eligible for monetisation, some LGBTQ+ YouTubers began to call YouTube out.
YouTube Jake Edwards tweeted, "LGBTQ+ videos and channels are getting flagged before they even finish uploading, yet a video like Logan's can hit the trending page before someone can catch it?" while Ty Turner complained that his "educational videos about my transition from female to male" are restricted to over 18s, while Logan's video was promoted to YouTube's trending page.
JameTLD echoed their sentiments, commenting that "helpful videos are being demonetised left, right and centre," as did Stevie Boebi, who revealed that her "LGBT sex Ed videos are all demonetised."
LGBTQ+ videos and channels are getting flagged before they even finish uploading, yet a video like Logan’s can hit the trending page before someone can catch it? Bullshit. It’s obvious that words like ‘gay’ and ‘trans’ are banned but ‘dead body’ is chill? What the fuck.— Jake Edwards 🌸 (@jakeftmagic) January 2, 2018
Not trying to make this about me but it's fucked that educational videos about my transition from female to male are age restricted (meaning people under 18 don't have access) meanwhile @LoganPaul exploits someone's suicide and that gets promoted on @YouTube trending page— Ty Turner 🤙🏼 (@partar400) January 2, 2018
Woke up to the shit show that has gone on overnight... I’m absolutely disgusted that Logan Paul would put such a thing on the internet and I’m so disappointed that Youtube didn’t take action sooner!— JamieTLD ⚡️ (@JamieTLD) January 2, 2018
Helpful videos are being demonetised left right and center... and then this...
(Tw: suicide)— Stevie 🔮 (@stevieboebi) January 3, 2018
I am a queer youtuber. My LGBT sex Ed videos are all demonetized. I don't talk about suicide bc my dad died of it when I was ten. All my love to those who are having a hard time this week.
If you are contemplating suicide call The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
Fans of LGBQ+ YouTube content were equally annoyed by the apparent double standard.
One fan accused YouTube of being "homophobic," while another asked YouTube how they could "justify in good conscience taking down videos that are a lifeline to a lot of my LGBTQ+ community but let the Paul brothers do whatever they want."
The fact that @youtube have not demonetize all Logan Paul’s videos after the thing he did yesterday but quickly to demonetize all videos mentioning #LGBTQ related theme shows how fuck up and homophobic the system is!!— YLANG YLANG™ 💐 (@ratchetcoutoure) January 3, 2018
So, it's completely ok for Logan Paul to film a dead corpse and have it be posted on youtube and pushed out into the algorithm, but for LGBTQ content that actually helps people, nope, let's hide it and restrict channels.— TheLostNarrator (@TheLostNarrator) January 2, 2018
Shit like this just pisses me off.
backlash he’s received. His apology is hollow, he doesn’t really care. @YouTube you need to do something about this. How can you justify in good conscience, taking down videos that are a lifeline to a lot of my lgbtq+ community but let the Paul brothers do whatever they want.— 🇬🇧TnSMOM🏳️🌈 (@TeganEffect) January 2, 2018
In a statement, YouTube said, "YouTube prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner. If a video is graphic, it can only remain on the site when supported by appropriate educational or documentary information and in some cases it will be age-gated. We partner with safety groups such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to provide educational resources that are incorporated in our YouTube Safety Center.”