Jake Paul Used This Sexually Inappropriate Thumbnail On A Video And People Are P*SSED
3 January 2018, 11:03 | Updated: 3 January 2018, 11:12
Jake Paul has been slammed for using a sexually charged image in the thumbnail for his latest video.
On January 2nd, Jake uploaded a video to YouTube called "I Lost My Virginity," with a thumbnail showing him in his underwear with on-screen girlfriend Erika Costell on top of him - also in her underwear. The title and thumbnail were, of course, clickbait; the video was actually about his first time skiing.
The video's sexually-charged thumbnail was swiftly criticised on social media, with many pointing out that it was inappropriate for his mostly young audience. Jake was described by some as "disgusting", while others pointed out that non-sexual LGBTQ+ content is regularly demonetised on YouTube, while Jake is seemingly allowed to use explicitly sexual imagery in his videos.
jake paul is absolutely disgusting he has YOUNG viewers and fans who are easily influenced by him and how tf was this even passed on youtube? pic.twitter.com/q0iGN34AHs— B. (@soberedlove) January 2, 2018
is this really what your YOUNG fans need to be seeing???? Plus the title really???? and we all saw you changed your thumbnail you're not fucken fooling anyone you idiot. You're fucken disgusting. @jakepaul https://t.co/OkPbypMdN3— Stephanie (@StephPalmierixo) January 3, 2018
LGBT Youtuber:— Ben 🎲 (@liarsdontplay) January 3, 2018
YouTube: THIS IS INAPPROPRIATE. DEMONOTIZED
Jake Paul: *posts video where him and a girl are half naked in the thumbnail*
YouTube: Eh it’s not that big of a deal pic.twitter.com/RDzNNVwK2U
However some people defended Jake Paul's choice, arguing that he's allowed to create more mature content if he wants to. "It's not always gonna be 10 year old content," one fan wrote.
People are way to sensitive over a jake Paul thumbnail hes 20 years old about to be 21 i think he can update his YouTube now I mean its not always gonna be 10 year old content pic.twitter.com/Shi8cCeLkl— alexis rosa (@AlexisRosaGarc1) January 3, 2018
Following the backlash, Jake Paul changed the video's thumbnail to something less explicit.
The new thumbnail shows him and Erika, both fully clothed, in a bedroom together. Admittedly it's still completely unrelated to the actual video, but at least they put some clothes on.