Shane Dawson’s The Mind of Jake Paul brings controversy to fans across the world

A recap of videos 1-4

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According to Google, the word sociopath is a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience. This is the word that Youtuber Shane Dawson used to describe Jake Paul, another Youtube creator, in the trailer for his upcoming docuseries, The Mind of Jake Paul.

On September 25, 2018, Dawson released the first part of the series. He interviews iNabber, a Youtube creator that makes videos explaining controversies in the Youtube world. iNabber explained to Dawson about Paul’s previous actions in the media. From climbing on top of a news van, lighting his pool on fire, supposedly leaking his address, “harmlessly” pranking his friends/coworkers and supposedly abusing his ex girlfriend, Alissa Violet.

Two days later Dawson uploaded part two, The Dark Side of Jake Paul. In this, Dawson dives into what it really means to being a sociopath. With licensed marriage and family counselor, Kati Morton, Dawson analyzes the psychological similarities between sociopathic tendencies and Paul. There, they discussed the signs that they should look for when interviewing Paul. Shortly after Dawson released this video, Logan Paul, the older brother of Jake Paul, posted a video, Dear Shane Dawson…, explaining how he and his brother are not sociopaths, but simply have sociopathic tendencies “just like everyone else.” Logan Paul afterwards denied Dawson an interview for the docuseries.

In part three, Dawson begins to research Paul’s life growing up. After discovering that his home life was questionable, some would say too strict or even mentally abusive, Dawson begins to connect the dots that maybe Paul is not a sociopath, but rather a result of his suppressed childhood.

By the end of part 3, viewers were either supportive of the series or they were offended, saying that Dawson was giving Paul free publicity. Viewers were sending Dawson death threats to him, his friends and his family. This caused Dawson to turn to social media posting,

“You know what. [Screw] it. For part 4, I’m going full tea. No censoring. No holding back. No worrying about pissed off people texting me. You guys wanted tea and I’m gonna being the whole…kettle. Grab on to your…mop,” -Dawson, via Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

Dawson then interviewed Nick Crompton, an original member of Paul’s company, Team 10, in part four. In May of 2017, Crompton announced his departure from Team 10. Crompton had never publicly explained his leaving, but he decided to come forward and revealed that his departure from Team 10 was revolving around Gregg Paul, Jake Paul’s father. Crompon claims that Gregg Paul was mentally abusive the staff members of Team 10, and would often fire members without warning.