At least one person is sticking up for disgraced YouTuber James Charles as he navigates the PR nightmare that is his life at the moment, and it’s none other than fellow disgraced YouTuber Logan Paul.
You know, the dude who posted a video of himself pointing and laughing at a suicide victim hanging from a tree that one time? Yeah, him.
“I don’t like James Charles,” 24-year-old Paul was careful to note on his podcast IMPAULSIVE this week, “but the crime does not fit the punishment.”
Quick recap: Charles was accused last week by fellow YouTuber Tati Westbrook of coercing straight guys into participating in gay sex acts against their wills, allegations the 19-year-old beauty vlogger seemed to confirm in an apology video.
“I’ve been involved in a lot of very unique and strange situations that have left people confused or upset,” he said, “and I learned the hard way about ways I can interact with boys I’m interested in.”
In response, subscribers began leaving his channel in droves. First it was 1 million, then 2 million, and now 3 million unsubscribes and counting. As a result, Charles now holds the unique distinction of being the first-ever YouTube personality to lose over 1 million subscribers in a 24-hour period.
On his podcast this week, Paul said, “I’m not defending James Charles. I’m saying, [go] easy when you puff your chest out, put your chin up, and call him a sexual predator.”
He continued, “Really think about what you’re saying, and really think about what a true ‘sexual predator’ is. The kid is 19. Cut him some slack, please.”
Of course, Paul himself is no stranger to controversy.
In addition to the whole broadcasting a suicide victim thing, earlier this year he announced his 2019 New Year’s Eve resolution was to “go gay” for a month. But only for a month.
“I don’t give a shit,” the straight YouTuber said. “Being gay is cool to me. I think that it’s a very cool thing.”
The comment didn’t go over so well with LGBTQ people, activists, or organizations like GLAAD.
That being said, we’re really not sure Logan Paul is someone James Charles wants or, frankly, needs in his corner right now.
Then again, maybe the kid can use whatever support he can get.