Logan Paul's resolution to "go gay" for a month was met with a slew of backlash on social media.
The controversial YouTube star made the ignorant remarks in a Wednesday video for his Impaulsive Podcast, in which he outlined resolutions for the first three months of 2019.
“So it’s male-only March,” he said, in addition to monthly goals like sobriety and veganism. “We’re gonna attempt to go gay for just one month.”
Many outraged responses took issue with Paul's language, noting that being gay is not a choice and declaring that it is one feeds into dangerous myths about the LGBTQ community.
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Cool prank, Logan Paul.
— Charlotte Clymer (@cmclymer) January 11, 2019
he’s not exploring his sexuality. he’s mocking gay men and using the lgbt community as a publicity stunt for views, and on top of that, is promoting the false belief that being gay is a choice to his young and impressionable audience.
— daniel (@venicebitchlana) January 11, 2019
Logan Paul joking about being gay “for one month” while countless LGBT+ around the world are killed & committing suicide for their sexuality, is disgusting. He continues to be an awful representation of the YouTube community & shows he truly has learned NOTHING over the last year
— Daniel Preda (@MisterPreda) January 11, 2019
Paul, responding to such a criticism from the LGBTQ media organization GLAAD on Twitter, admitted that he made a "very poor choice of words" in his podcast, and invited the group to discuss the matter on his podcast.
very poor choice of words... my fault. let’s get together and talk about it on my podcast next week? https://t.co/Ki8RKgMJOO
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 12, 2019
However, many in the comments questioned if Paul was sincere in his apology or, knowing the attention his remarks received, was simply plugging his podcast.
Paul has been under fire for dangerous attention-grabbing before, such as when he posted a video one year ago of a dead body in Aokigahara Forest, a Japanese location where many have taken their lives.
Regardless of intent, many members of the LGBTQ community declared that, no, Paul was not welcome in its fold.
Instead of "going gay for a month" can Logan Paul "go away for forever"?
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) January 12, 2019
following on from an emergency meeting of the gay mafia this morning, i can confirm that we unanimously voted ~not~ to accept logan paul as one of our kind. thank u for ur time pic.twitter.com/53GcB9NNN0
— ryan john butcher (@ryanjohnbutcher) January 12, 2019