Jake Paul is branded a Covidiot online after revealing that he thinks COVID-19 is not real and masks do not work.
Jake Paul has faced a backlash on Twitter after claiming the coronavirus was a “hoax” in an interview with the Daily Beast published on Wednesday November 25th. The 23-year-old was called out by another YouTube star for his comments Tyler Oakley31.
Tyler took to Twitter hours after the article was published to refer to Jake’s comments as “a mess” and accusing him of being “ignorant and so embarrassing”. Tyler’s many followers were equally appalled by Jake’s comments. Twitter user Michael Buckley accused Jake of “being the figurehead of Trump’s America” and another Twitter user simply said, “He’s blocked.”
He’s a figurehead for Trump’s America. 🤡
– Michael Buckley #BlackLivesMatter (@HeyBuckHey) November 25, 2020
Jake, who hosted massive parties at his California mansion all summer despite the state’s social distancing orders, made the controversial comments on the website when asked if he regretted openly ignoring the rules. But Jake didn’t apologize and instead insisted that the orders be lifted.
“It is time for us to open up. Obviously it’s a controversial topic, but it’s time for our nation to open up and get back to normal, ”said Jake. “There are people who lose jobs, there are small businesses that go bankrupt, there are millions of people who are currently unemployed, people turn to alcohol and drugs to deal with whatever goes on. This is the most damaging thing for our society. COVID cases are less than 1 percent and I think the disease is a joke. “
Jake Paul can be seen outside Craig’s Restaurant in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA. (Image credit: AP)
After Jake claimed the virus was a joke, he admitted that anyone at risk should take precautions: “I think if someone is at risk they should be quarantined,” he said. “Obviously the coronavirus killed people. I think if you are at risk, be careful. When you are around people who are at risk, be careful. Quarantine, do everything right and essentially live in a bubble. “
“But,” he continued, “I think if you are young and healthy and you have no health problems, nothing should be different. These kids are losing their education, they’re missing out on their degrees, they’re missing out on their sports, kids are losing scholarships, restaurants, everything. “
Jake Paul arrives for Disney’s “The BFG” premiere in 2016 at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California. (Image credit: AP)
Jake also expressed suspicion of the government, telling the website, “One hundred percent of our nation is closed because of the 1 percent that is at risk. That’s why I meant that COVID doesn’t make sense to me. It does not fit. There’s something more to this that the government doesn’t tell us, and it just sucks to me because it affects so many children’s lives, because we’re concerned about the 1 percent that will die. And it sucks, ”he said. “I don’t want these people to die, and nobody wants them to die, but it’s the process of life. And it doesn’t happen, so … I don’t know. “