Logan Paul, known for being one of YouTube's most controversial stars, has actually come out and said something… decent.
On the latest episode of his podcast Impaulsive, the 25-year-old weighed in on the debate surrounding Harry Styles wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue, and we, in a shocking turn of events, agreed.
We'll rewind for a sec. If you aren't familiar with what's been happening with Harry Styles: this week the former One Direction member sparked a heated debate after he wore a frilly dress on the cover of the December issue of Vogue, prompting conservative commentator Candace Owens to call the outfit an "outright attack" on society and ask that it "bring back manly men."
Owens' tweet brought forth many celebs who defended Styles and his fashion choice, including Olivia Wilde, Zach Braff and now... Logan Paul?
On the latest episode of his podcast, Paul's co-host George Janko brought up the topic, commenting: "It ain't manly, bro.
To which Paul retorted: "Bro, why? What is manly to you? What does it mean? Is manly being comfortable in your own skin and being comfortable with who you are, regardless of what you're wearing? … I'm listening to you tell me you don't want to judge people…and then watching you judge people."
Co-host Mike Majlak chimed in: "Why are you getting combative?"
"Because you guys are the type of people who are like, 'No, men gotta be men and they can't wear dresses,'" Paul answered. "Suck a d**k bro. I would do this in a heartbeat."
And while we're over here slow clapping, we also can't help but wonder – this from a dude who once filmed a dead body in a suicide forest in Japan, announced he was "going gay" for a month and indirectly threatened to kill fellow YouTuber KSI? Where is this even coming from?
It's certainly a personality pivot – a shift YouTube commentator D'Angelo Wallace does a great job of explaining in a new video. In the clip, Wallace says he's noticed Paul has, in recent years, been consciously trying to use his platform for good, though sometimes missing the mark.
"I mean the forest incident is literally an example of that – just spinning it into such an empty message about awareness," Wallace says. "But since then, I noticed Logan Paul didn't just give up on trying to do things like that. He's continued to spread a lot of positive messages through his platform. After the unfortunate demise of George Floyd, he didn't just go on his Instagram and post a black square with the caption 'hashtag say his name', instead Logan Paul posted not one, not two, but three consecutive full length episodes of his podcast that talked about the situation going on in America."
If you're keen to hear more about Paul's shift, we recommend you check out the full video – Wallace makes some excellent points. Watch it here:
We, for one, are glad to see a YouTuber with such a massive following start to use his power for good, rather than weird, problematic stunts. Let's hope he keeps it up.
This article was written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are here.