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YouTuber Jake Paul is continuously thrashed by fans, after being spotted in a crowd of people, looting at an Arizona Mall on Saturday, May 31.
Videos posted by his videographer and photographer, Andrew Blue, shows the 23 years old YouTuber, wearing a mask among a crowd of protestors at Fashion square mall in Scottsdale, Arizona. Though he is not seen involved in any destruction activities but is lashed by fans upon his involvement.
In the Instagram video posted by him, protestors are seen suddenly launching the fireworks and charging straight into the mall “Bunch of f–king idiots, bro,” a man’s voice is heard saying, pointing to police outside the mall. “Literally, I walked right here, right up to there,” man says motioning towards where police officers were stationed, “these f—cking idiots teargassed me. I ain’t doing s—t, bro. Look at them pointing guns at me.”
Though we couldn’t recognize the voice of a man in the video, it may be Paul or his videographer Blue. Over the footage, a message is written: “America is in ruins.
After the video posted on twitter, many users came out to lash at him. Some suggested that he allegedly looted the mall for vlog views.
“Jake Paul, a millionaire, is looting a mall so that he could post a YouTube video about it and add more to his wealth. You can’t make this s—t up,” wrote one Twitter user.
“This is absolutely disgusting,” added another.
To clear their view out Blue took to Instagram. He wrote on his stories, “Just for clarity, I am a videographer and my job is to document virtually everything. We were strictly documenting the situation and doing our part to use our platform to raise awareness about the horrific event and overall injustice,”. “Nobody with us was looting or vandalizing, but it certainly was tragic to see and while we understand the frustration, we don’t condone or support any behavior like that.”
For more clarity and support, Paul who has been vocal in his support for George Floyd and dissatisfaction with police brutality followed with a statement.
“To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism,” he began.“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 use 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.”
In continuation to prove his point and accept the misery of the situation he wrote. “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.”
I hope the people take in his explanation and the situation gets in control.