It’s been a rough 2018 so far for the Paul family, and it’s not getting any better. After older brother Logan Paul got viciously criticized for posting an insensitive video of what appeared to show a suicide in a Japanese forest (leading to the popular YouTuber’s current social media hiatus), younger bro Jake Paul has now landed in hot water thanks to a resurfaced video in which the vlog star can be heard rapping the n-word.
In a video posted by TMZ on Friday (Jan. 5), Paul is seen hanging with friends late night during last year’s Coachella festival busting a freestyle over Rae Sremmurd’s “Throw Some Mo.” The 20 year-old former Bizaardvark star includes the lines “little ass n—as” and “I whip it like my n—a Richie Vetter” in his freestyle at what is described as a rented Palm Springs crash pad.
While an unnamed source told the gossip site that Paul “isn’t racist,” the use of the racial epithet by the popular white social media star has raised eyebrows.
As if you needed anymore confirmation that the Paul brothers are trash, here’s Jake Paul saying the N word
— yasmin (@zarasglory) January 5, 2018
jake paul is a racist and uneducated asshole. I will never understand why people stan him. AND plus, how can he be over if he never even started in the first damn place. ALSO, THIS IS THE LAST TIME I’LL SAY THIS, IF YOU’RE NOT BLACK, DON’T SAY THE N WORD!!!! #JakePaulIsOverParty https://t.co/bBwLzGouxu
— sophia (@rllysoph) January 5, 2018
Jake Paul is at it again. My dude really using the n word. I swear to god if any white privileged creator comes at black people with some don’t be offended or it slipped On accident. I quit like I’m done. Byeee.
And is that a black rapper in the video letting him use it I- wtf
— Tyana– (@TSMelaninRep) January 5, 2018
The uproar comes on the heels of another scandal just days earlier when Paul uploaded a Jan. 3 video entitled “I lost my virginity,” which didn’t have any NSFW material, but was age-gated to discourage under-18 viewers from clicking through. The original thumbnail for the clip reportedly showed Paul lying under the semi-naked body of his girlfriend, Erika Costell.
The thumbnail was later replaced with a less salacious one; Paul had not commented on either controversy at press time.
— KEEM — (@KEEMSTAR) January 5, 2018
The concurrent scandals for the young viral star, whose YouTube channel has nearly 13 million subscribers (to go along with his nearly 3 million Twitter followers), comes just as his brother is going radio-silent in the wake of the loud backlash against his ill-conceived video of a suicide victim filmed in Japan’s Aokigahara, also known as the “suicide forest” due to the high number of suicides that take place in the woods.
Jake Paul, who came to prominence on the now-defunct Vine app and his role on Disney’s Bizaardvark, has developed a reputation for sophomoric prank videos that appeal to his core 13-18 year-old audience, as well as virally popular (if polarizing) hip-hop tracks (“It’s Everyday Bro”) and repeated clashes with his Beverly Grove neighbors, over noise complaints resulting from the boisterous clips filmed by his content farm Team 10.