Logan Paul has been involved in several controversies, most notablly when he filmed the corpse of a man who committed suicide in the Aokigahara forest in Japan.
Paul has since deleted the video and apologized, but more recently, the Paul was taken to task over a subsequent video in which he can be seen shocking dead rats with a taser.
Jake Paul, brother to fellow YouTuber Logan Paul, shot to fame for his YouTube videos, eventually landing him a starring role on a Disney Channel sitcom. Paul was dropped by the network after a Los Angeles newscast featured him in a story in which his angry neighbours complained about how Paul had turned his L.A. neighbourhood into a “war zone” with his parties and pranks.
YouTuber PewDiePie (a.k.a. Felix Kjellberg), a Swedish video game reviewer, drew controversy after one of his videos displayed the message “Death to all Jews.”
After he apologized and claimed “I’m not anti-Semitic,” The Wall Street Journal found that wasn't an isolated incident, reporting that PewDiePie had included anti-Semitic jokes and Nazi imagery in no less than nine videos.
More recently, PewDiePie received backlash after using racial slurs while live-streaming at the PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds.
In a staged video titled "Racial Profiling Experiment", YouTuber Adam Saleh and his friend boarded a Delta Airlines flight. After being removed from the aircraft, Saleh claimed he was kicked off for speaking Arabic.
The airline saw it differently, releasing a statement indicating that Saleh was shouting and provoking other passengers, and that was what led to his removal.
Canadian YouTuber Nicole Arbour made headlines after she posted a video entitled, “Dear Fat People, in which she fat-shamed individuals for six minutes straight.
Arbour was later accused of domestic abuse against ex-boyfriend and fellow YouTube star Matthew Santoro.
Santoro posted "My Abuse Story", a video in which he claimed he had been in a physically and emotionally abusive relationship with Arbour.
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Shay Carl Butler, one of YouTube’s popular family vloggers, found himself making headlines after he was caught cheating on his wife (with whom he shares five kids) with an adult webcam performer named Aria Nina.
It was revealed that Butler had sent her explicit messages and videos.
In response, Butler used alcoholism as an excuse for the scandal, tweeting that alcohol had “manifested itself back into [his] life.”
Kian Lawley's YouTube popularity earned him a role in the film “The Hate U Give”, only to be fired after a resurfaced video showing Lawley using racially offensive slurs, resulting in his role recast and scenes reshot.
He was ultimately dropped by the talent agency CAA following the controversy.
Lena Newsesian, under the username Lena The Plug, promised followers that she would release a sex tape if she reached 1M followers.
Sam Rader (of the popular YouTube account Sam and Nia) and his then-wife Nia used the platform to announce their pregnancy, only to reveal days later that the pregnancy suddenly ended in a miscarriage.
This announcement earned mixed reviews, as many fans questioned their authenticity.
Three days after the miscarriage was announced, it was revealed that Sam had an account on hookup website Ashley Madison, which specializes in married people looking for affairs.
Sam Pepper uploaded the controversial video "Fake Hand A** Pinch Prank” to his then popular YouTube channel. In the video, Pepper would go up to women and ask for directions before pinching their buttocks.
After the video was published, many women came forward with claims that they had been sexually harassed or raped by Pepper.
In another controversial video, entitled "Killing Best Friend Prank”, Pepper kidnaps fellow Internet personality Sam Golbach with the help of Colby Brock as a prank.
The pair, parked at an unknown location, shoved Golbach into a trunk of a car with a bag over his head. They then took him to a rooftop where he was forced to watch Pepper “shoot” Brock, ultimately leaving Golbach frightened and in tears.