Although starting out specialising in comedy skits, YouTuber Shane Dawson has now moved into documentary making, examining the likes of internet celebrity Jeffree Star and failed Social Media conference Tanacon. His latest subject? Jake Paul.
Over the course of an eight-part series, Dawson is set to speak with those close to the controversial Youtuber, before sitting down with the star himself.
Here’s all you need to know about The Mind of Jake Paul…
What is The Mind of Jake Paul about?
The series centres on Jake Paul who is brother of Logan Paul – the YouTuber who controversially filmed a dead body in Japan’s so-called ‘suicide forest’ at the end of 2017.
Jake is a YouTuber in his own right, with over 17 million people subscribing to his channel, which mainly consists of vlogs and music videos. He’s also been involved in several controversies, been accused of staging pranks, releasing inappropriate videos for his young audience and even bullying.
Shane Dawson is another YouTuber, a filmmaker with almost 18 million subscribers. He currently specialises in fronting in-depth documentaries and earlier this year tweeted he wanted to make a film about Paul.
I know it’s controversial but i really wanna try more things like this on my channel. I wanna try things i’m genuinely fascinated by and interested in. The ups and downs of Jake Paul’s life and persona is something I would LOVE to see from the inside. pic.twitter.com/5Og8qoknNp
In Dawson’s words, he wants to “look at Jake’s actions over the years”, trying to understand the mind and thinking of Jake Paul. In particular, Shane speculates whether Paul is a sociopath.
This speculation has been met with criticism, with some – including PewDiePie, the site’s most-subscribed creator – highlighting how Dawson is misrepresenting sociopathy (also known as Antisocial Personality Disorder).
Although the disorder is characterised by impaired empathy and remorse, some have accused Dawson of presenting all sociopaths as dangerous. Others have said Dawson may be encouraging others to diagnose sociopaths from afar.
Paul himself said he hopes future episodes will veer away from the sociopathy theme.
I love Shane & am trusting him 2 carry out the rest of the series..
I hope he can actually make it clear WHO I AM & WHY I’ve done certain things & SHOW the side of me that no one has ever seen..
That’s why I agreed to do the series.. the “sociopath” STUFF doesn’t interest me