Jake Paul is no stranger to controversy, but considering he has such a young audience, one would think he would’ve learned something from his hundreds of mistakes by now. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and in his most recent vlog, he participated in a dangerous viral internet meme known as the #BirdBoxChallenge.
ICYMI, the challenge is inspired by Netflix‘s Bird Box, and like the characters in the movie, those who participate have to stay blindfolded while also doing everyday tasks. Of course, some of the everyday things we usually do — like crossing the street, for example — can’t be done with a blindfold on, but it appears the web star didn’t get that memo.
That’s right, fam! Despite a warning issued by Netflix of the serious harm the challenge can cause, the 21-year-old decided to upload the video to his channel for his impressionable and young audience of 17 million subscribers to see. In it, he stays blindfolded for a total of 24 hours and attempts to do some seriously dangerous stuff, starting with driving his car out of his garage.
While pulling out his car, Jake drove through trash cans and loads of other items, but honestly, that was pretty tame compared to what came next. After pulling out the car and going to the library (what?), he and his friend George Yanko decided to walk across a busy road. This clearly angered some drivers, because several of them honked their horns — and rightfully so! At this point, Jake’s cameraman even called him out, saying that what he was doing wasn’t funny. Still, the vlogger didn’t think they’d gone too far at all.
So, when did the Team 10 founder think things went too far? Only when he walked into a cold pond.
The YouTube star said, “Literally, I’m done. I’m done. That’s not even cool. It’s freezing bro, I’m literally going to get hypothermia. I’m going home. End the video. I’m pissed, I’m leaving.” Seriously? Putting others in danger is okay, but when you’re cold it’s time to go home? Not cool, Jake. Not cool.
To make matters even worse, the influencer never even warned fans not to try the #BirdBoxChallenge at home in the video. Instead, he included a disclaimer in the video’s description that said, “Please be warned (and we cannot possibly stress this enough); under no circumstances should any challenges, stunts, or pranks be attempted by any of our viewers. All challenges, stunts, and pranks are performed by trained professionals in a controlled environment with proper safety measures taken, and are for entertainment purposes only! Again, do not try this at home!”
Unfortunately, many of Jake’s fans do not read the descriptions of his videos, and therefore, the disclaimer could easily be overlooked. Needless to say, we completely agree with Netflix’s stance on the matter, which is not to put yourselves in danger.
Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 2, 2019
You heard ’em, you guys! Go find some other way to show love for the flick. Harming yourself for YouTube views simply is NOT worth it.
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