Logan Paul defends Harry Styles picture in a dress, Internet shocked he got 'gaslit' for supporting singer
On his podcast ‘Impaulsive’, Paul said, 'What is manly to you? What does it mean? Is manly being comfortable in your own skin and being comfortable with who you are, regardless of what you’re wearing?'
American YouTuber and internet personality Logan Paul is seldom mentioned in a positive connotation. After all, the man has been involved in a number of controversies, most notably when during a visit to Japan, he filmed the corpse of a man who had hanged himself and posted the footage on his YouTube channel.
But for a change, Paul has not done or said something terrible this time. In fact, what he said was appreciated by many. When Harry Styles recently created waves for his Vogue photoshoot in which he donned a dress, a conversation about traditional masculinity followed on social media. While many appreciated and loved his photos, commenting on how the pop star was transcending antiquated gender ideas, others seemed very concerned about the precedent it set.
Conservative author and speaker Candace Owens attacked the Vogue photoshoot, saying, “There is no society that can survive without strong men. The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack. Bring back manly men.”
Conservative podcaster Ben Shapiro joined in and said, “This is perfectly obvious. Anyone who pretends that it is not a referendum on masculinity for men to don floofy dresses is treating you as a full-on idiot,” adding, “Masculinity and femininity exist. Outward indicators of masculinity and femininity exist in nearly every human culture. Boys are taught to be more masculine in virtually every human culture because the role of men is not always the same as the role of women.” There were many who echoed these views.
Paul, however, took a decidedly different approach. On his podcast, ‘Impaulsive’, he said, “What is manly to you? What does it mean? Is manly being comfortable in your own skin and being comfortable with who you are, regardless of what you’re wearing?”
“I’m listening to you tell me you don’t want to judge people…and then watching you judge people,” he said further. “I’m not getting angry, but I’m calling you out for your flaw.” He also told his co-host George Janko that their “lack of logic” would lose them this argument. “[You’re saying], ‘People shouldn’t judge people,’ but then, ‘He’s not a man because he’s wearing a dress,’” Paul said.
He also said, “You're the type of people that will look at it and say 'No, man gotta be a man, can't wear dresses’. Suck a d*** bro! I would do this in a heartbeat."
The Internet was rightfully surprised. A Twitter user said, “it’s so odd being on Logan Paul’s side in our year of 2020....” Another Twitter user said, “Never thought I’d see Logan Paul get gaslit for defending Harry Styles.” One Twitter user noted, “I can’t comprehend how logan paul is right for once.” While another Twitter user said, “Seeing logan paul trending for something good amazes me ngl.”
it’s so odd being on Logan Paul’s side in our year of 2020....— ethan (@CrankGameplays) November 18, 2020
Never thought I’d see Logan Paul get gaslit for defending Harry Styles pic.twitter.com/g2689fCsDk— Anna Lingus (@anna_lingus) November 18, 2020
seeing logan paul trending for something good amazes me ngl pic.twitter.com/I2CMwtJWlE— Fey🍒 (@saltycade) November 18, 2020
But people also praised him. One Twitter user wrote, “I’ve made fun of Logan Paul so much in the past and now I really have to acknowledge how impressed I am. This is a masterclass in addressing toxic masculinity with your friends and calling them out in a calm, thoughtful way.” Another Twitter user said, “For once I agree with Logan Paul. The two guys he was talking to went all ‘I'm a victim’. because Logan didn't just sit quietly. He called them out and they went all pity party for someone speaking up to their bulls***.”
I’ve made fun of Logan Paul so much in the past and now I really have to acknowledge how impressed I am.— Washington Post TikTok Guy Comma Georgia (@davejorgenson) November 18, 2020
This is a masterclass in addressing toxic masculinity with your friends and calling them out in a calm, thoughtful way. pic.twitter.com/hFqaaCZPZf
For once I agree with Logan Paul. The two guys he was talking to went all "I'm a victim." because Logan didn't just sit quietly. He called them out and they went all pity party for someone speaking up to their bullshit. pic.twitter.com/ewD8mEZPK4— Divine (@Divine_MHL) November 18, 2020