I have become famous through my writings and published books. I have thousands of social media followers. In addition, Google has verified me. I’ve learned that there are to choices we make when becoming famous: Either become a positive influence or a negative influence. Michelle Obama is a positive influence. With Audible by Amazon, I had the opportunity to read her book “Becoming” for free.
Becoming is the autobiographical memoir of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother. The book is published by Crown and will be released in 24 languages. One million copies will be donated to First Book, an American nonprofit organization which provides books to children.
Why should you never underestimate the influence of a mistake? Well, as we know, humans are bound to make mistakes. From those mistakes we learn how not to make them. when it comes to being famous, mistakes can end your career or cause irreparable damage to your reputation. Society has shown us that celebrities sometimes say some of the most senseless statements. Unfortunately, certain statements can be controversial.
A great example is Logan Paul, an actor and popular Internet personality. He is facing backlash for insensitive comments he made this week during an episode of his podcast, Impaulsive.
The social media sensation who’s only 23 years old, has upset some listeners while discussing New Year’s resolutions with cohost Mike Majlak.
While joking about trends like “sober pvegan January” and “fatal February,” referring to a return to drinking and meat-eating. This was followed by Paul stating, and laughing like he had the perfect one liner,
“It’s male-only March. We’re going to attempted to go gay for just one month”
Karma is the great law of “cause and effect”, which controls the destiny of all living entities. Being famous doesn’t exempt you from the reactions caused by your actions. Being a celebrity with a massive social media following and negative publicity, he was quick to receive backlash from the online community. Twitter users were quick to condemn and speak out.
“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
Being gay isn’t a choice, being gay isn’t a phase, being gay shouldn’t be used for a trend and subscribers. Grow up Logan Paul. pic.twitter.com/peCFmpBSpe
— Skai Jackson ♡ (@skaijackson) 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,” tweeted social media personality Daniel Preda.
“Being gay isn’t a choice, being gay isn’t a phase, being gay shouldn’t be used for a trend and subscribers,” added Disney Channel star Skai Jackson. “Grow up Logan Paul.”
Even Michael Eaborn responded: “Your Actions have consequences. You have so much power being famous. In the words of Fictional Character Benjamin Richard Parker: “With great power comes great responsibility!”
In response to the backlash, Paul was quick to justify his comment by replying to GLAAD’s tweet Friday, writing:
very poor choice of words… my fault. let’s get together and talk about it on my podcast next week?
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 12, 2019
Last year, Paul incited outrage when he posted a YouTube vlog showing the body of an alleged suicide victim in Japan. Since then, Paul has deleted the video, apologizing because he was losing money, and later rectified his mistake by creating a video dedicated to the educating and prevention of suicide. I give Logan Paul credit for at least taking responsibility for his actions.
“I know I’ve made mistakes, I know I’ve let people down,” he said in the clip. “But what happens when you’re given an opportunity to help make a difference in the world? It’s time to learn from the past as I get better and grow as a human being.”
“When you’re given an opportunity to help make a difference, you should make it something positive. Use this opportunity to evaluate your actions before you execute them. Spider-Man has to learn “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
In a later vlog, Paul stated,
“I know for a fact everything I do from this point on will get criticism, it will get backlash, because I’m a very polarizing dude. You either love me, or you hate me… I’m not going anywhere.”
Well there’s a quote that says “The only mistake, is the one in which you don’t learn.”
We are all human. We all make mistakes. But when the same mistakes keep happening, we start to fall. Is this fall of Logan Paul ? What do you think? Comment below.