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‘Everyone deserves second chances, bro.’
TMZ caught up with the 22-year-old Ohio native as he walked from his car to the departures check-in alone Monday. When asked if he deserved a second chance, Paul replied, “Everyone deserves second chances, bro.”
The cameraman asked Paul if he’s learned anything “from what’s transpired recently”—referring to scrutiny the YouTuber has faced since uploading a 15-minute reaction video in which he and some friends encounter a corpse hanging from a tree in Japan’s “suicide forest.”
“Everything. So many things,” Paul says.
When asked if YouTube and the public have treated him fairly, Paul nods. He then promises a message to the YouTube community is “coming… soon.”
Paul has attempted apologizing for the controversial upload several times, though he faced backlash for apparently monetizing his apology video. Currently, Paul is taking a “break” from the platform, and has not yet announced a timeline for his return.
When asked how he plans to make money now that his main revenue streams have been cut off, Paul gestures toward the logo on his sweatshirt.
“Clothing?” the cameraman asks. Paul smiles and nods.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.