Shane Dawson's Jake Paul Documentary Is Being Called Out For The Way It Handles Mental Health
28 September 2018, 11:31
Some viewers felt the episode missed the mark
Shane Dawson released part 2 of his uber popular documentary series, 'The Mind Of Jake Paul' yesterday, and not everyone is loving it.
In part 2, Shane doubles down on the idea raised in part 1 that Jake Paul (and possibly Logan Paul too) may be a sociopath. However, the way that the topic of sociopathy is handled in the episode has drawn strong criticism from some users.
Particular focus has been paid to the fact that scary music is played in the background while the symptoms of sociopathy (an actual personality disorder) are described and the 'horror movie' vibe that permeates the whole video.
Footage of Jake is also intercut with footage of actual serial killers - and although Jake is annoying, he is not a killer (as far as we know?) A lot of commenters have stated that although sociopaths are hard to sympathise with, they are still people and not Hollywood monsters.
ok I stan @shanedawson but this new series creates a dangerous dynamic of unqualified people wrongly diagnosing mental disorders & dehumanizing & stigmatizing people with mental disorders. Take this as entertainment & nothing more— jesse saint john (@jessesaintjohn) September 28, 2018
hi i love shane dawson and i know he had no bad intentions and empathized with aspd sufferers but maybe talking about it with horror movie music playing wasnt the best idea— €mma (@emdianajones) September 28, 2018
also ive only seen like 1 other video with the psychiatrist but “trust ur gut” is shady advice at best tbh
“Playing horror music while defining sociopathic traits” It baffles me that people don’t see how harmful that is. Stop antagonizing and negatively stereotyping mental illnesses. Stop it.— Unbreakable (@garbled13) September 28, 2018
Shane Dawson: says Jake and Logan Paul are sociopaths because they play sad music in the background of their videos to manipulate how people feel— iona 🥀 (@mvrderdolll) September 27, 2018
Also Shane: plays scary music in the background of his video to manipulate how people feel lmaoo
Something important to remember for this new “The Mind of Jake Paul” series by @shanedawson— Spade (@MasterfulSpade) September 28, 2018
Self diagnosis is dangerous for your mental health. If you really think you have a disorder, please seek therapy. Please seek other forms of help. Your mental health is important!
truthfully i am really tired of shane dawson’s theatrics and his shamelessness in dragging mental health into the equation when it’s more likely jake paul is just a product of toxic masculinity— alex (@ahudome) September 28, 2018
Katy Morton has also drawn criticism
Shane consults Katy Morton, a YouTuber and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist about the traits of sociopaths. She used very strong language about sociopaths, which some viewers felt was demonising.
no offence i feel like he’s made a genuine attempt to look into ASPD so that it’s not just a glorified drama video, but the way kati morton handled it was super gross and i can see why shane’s reacted like “omg so spooooky” and it’s just so disappointing from a professional u kno— Ⓥ mullet gal 🌹 (@mullet_gal) September 27, 2018
But others felt the episode handled mental health well
Personally, I'm proud of @KatiMorton and @shanedawson. This is about mental health. I think this video sheds a little more light on the psychological terms people throw around casually. The reality behind the meaning can sometimes be more disturbing... https://t.co/WQQQUznww7— Hannah Hart (@harto) September 27, 2018
i can't even give the slightest shit about the Paul brothers, but it's important that people watch Shane Dawson's series on Jake Paul because it gives us terrifyingly accurate insight about sociopaths and other mental health issues.— kylo ren apologist 🌈 (@KissTheFreak) September 27, 2018
This Shane Dawson and Jake Paul Documentary really makes you have a different in sight in life but feel like we all do certain things, and give off traits like we’re all on Mental Health spectrum somewhere just different people manage//suffer//cope in different ways— HallOWEN Doherty 🎃 (@doherty120) September 28, 2018
Shane pre-empted the backlash with a statement on Twitter
Shane posted a statement on Twitter ahead of the release of part 2, which aimed to make clear that the series is predominantly meant to be entertainment, not factually medical. He also apologises for the way in which he uses the term 'sociopath'.
Shane has directly responded to the complaints
i tried to make it clear in the vid, the description, my twitter, & all other places that people can’t diagnose each other &that a therapist needs to meet them. and also that it’s not the obvious awkward kid it’s someone you would never expect. people who fly under the radar 👍🏻 https://t.co/8i5dABGql8— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) September 28, 2018
He also promised to amend the editing moving forward
i understand why people are upset. i definetly went overboard with the horror movie editing but that’s cause i got excited & love editing horror. but i’m going to be more sensitive with the editing going forward. the last thing i want it to hurt anyone. :(its never my intention. https://t.co/aNcXkJo5eI— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) September 28, 2018
What do you make of the series so far? Do you think that the issue of mental health has been handled appropriately? Let us know in our Facebook comments or tweet us @wetheunicorns.