Shane Dawson's Jake Paul Series Had An Interesting Concept, But It Failed In Execution

Shane Dawson's Jake Paul Series Had An Interesting Concept, But It Failed In Execution

I hope Dawson treats this as a learning experience and is able to make a better docu-series in the future.

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Shane Dawson's latest YouTube docu-series titled "The Mind of Jake Paul" has been dominating YouTube for the past several weeks and there have been mixed reactions. I have been a fan of Dawson since 2007, so I had hope for the series. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by how it all played out.

Prior to the series airing, I was intrigued by Dawson's idea of having Paul be the subject of his next series. However, I was also against it because I did not want Paul to be given a redemption arc. I have never liked him because I always thought he was narcissistic, rude, and racist. Dawson was aware that many other fans had this same fear, so at the beginning of the series, he explained that he wanted to take a critical look at Paul and hold him accountable for his actions.

I was hoping that he would not let Paul off the hook for being abusive and racist, but in the end, the majority of Dawson's audience left the series feeling sympathy for Paul. This is exactly what I was afraid of because Paul was not the victim. He came up with excuses for his behavior and since Shane did not criticize him harshly, his fans ended up believing that he was innocent.

Two of the biggest controversies surrounding Paul that I wanted Dawson to touch on were Alissa Violet's abuse allegations against him and Ivan and Emilio Martinez' (known as the Martinez twins) claims of Paul being racist. Even though they were both discussed in the docu-series, I do not think they were treated as seriously as they should have been.

One of the episodes of the docu-series was an interview with Alissa Violet and in it, she explained how Paul was mentally and emotionally abusive to her. Dawson looked empathetic throughout, but then when the finale came out, Paul was made the victim instead of Violet. In Paul's interview, he denied ever being physically abusive to Violet and said that they did have an on again off again relationship.

He explained that they would both push each other's buttons, but that was basically the extent to what he confessed to. He went on to talk about how hurt he was when he found out Violet had sex with his older brother, Logan, and how he was still dealing with that pain. He felt betrayed by his brother and the situation ended up affecting his whole family, but this does not validate Paul's abusive behavior.

Before I continue, I want to add that it was revealed that Dawson filmed his interview with Violet after his interview with Paul and that he released them in the opposite order. People have been claiming that he changed his mind about the situation and realized Paul should be held responsible, but I do not think this is the case because the day that the finale aired, Dawson tweeted to Paul: "spoiler art: ur family to me now. love u too man."

Some of Dawson's viewers have claimed that Paul was not abusive because he never physically hurt Violet, but that does not mean that the emotional and mental abuse he put her through was insignificant. He would try to control her life, prevent her from seeing her friends, and go from telling her he loved her to having sex with another girl a few days later. Paul was treating her like a pawn and not a human being. He was also clearly abusing his power by telling Instagram models to come to the Team 10 house to be interviewed for a spot in his squad and then end up luring them into having sex with him.

In the finale episode, Paul also spoke about his feud with the Martinez twins. He defended himself from their accusations of him being racist because he grew up in an environment where people would make offensive jokes and no one would take them seriously. Paul then claimed that since the Martinez twins would jokingly call him a cracker, then he was justified in calling them beaners, which is a Latinx slur. Reverse racism does not exist and is not an excuse for his actions.

As a Latina, I am able to say beaner, but Paul is a white man and he had no business calling the Martinez twins that or repeating the word in Dawson's interview. Of course, I am not holding Dawson responsible for the fact that Paul said beaner in the interview because he cannot anticipate what someone is going to say, but he should have called him out for saying the word. Even though at that moment Paul was not directing it towards anyone, it is still a slur and should not be said in any context by someone that is not Latinx.

I believe that Dawson created the docu-series with good intentions, but he let his overly empathetic nature get the best of him. He let Paul convince him that he was the victim in every situation and that it was the people around him that were to blame. He should have been harder on Paul and educated him about how he was being racist and how reverse racism is not real.

Dawson also should have made Paul own up to the fact that he was abusive to Violet and that he had no one else to blame for how he treated her but himself. I do not think Dawson realized how serious the allegations against Paul were, so he was unable to confront him in the way that many of us wanted. I hope Dawson treats this as a learning experience and is able to make a better docu-series in the future.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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There Is No 'Right Way' To React To A Shooting

Everyone is different.

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After the shootings this year in New Zealand, Brazil, and close to home for some of us Aurora, people have been reacting in different ways. With some offering their thoughts and prayers, donating money to help pay for the funerals of the victims, fighting for action in regards to ending gun violence, candlelight vigils basically anything that can help them in this time of grief.

There is no right or wrong way to react to a shooting — everyone grieves in their own ways. We should not judge one another for how we grieve in a tragedy.

People have been saying that thoughts and prayers won't do anything. However, maybe it can be a comfort to some people—a way to let people know that they are thinking of them and that they care.

Sometimes people may want to donate money or blood to help out any survivors who may have suffered from blood loss or create GoFundMe accounts to either help out with medical expenses or to pay for the funerals of the victims or even start charities like Islamic Relief USA. Donating your time and money is a good way to help out because you are making a difference that is a form of action you are taking.

There is also grieving in the form of vigils. One example of a vigil is this guy who makes crosses every time there is some kind of tragedy. Vigils are often a good way to remember the victims, to pray for the healing of the survivors, to talk about what they were like as people.

Some people even want to take action by demanding that the laws change a good example of this would be March for Our Lives, which happened after the Parkland shooting last year. This march was fighting for gun control or should I say changes in the gun laws America currently has.

Some people also do acts of solidarity, for example, wearing a hijab like the prime minister of New Zealand did when she went to go visit the Christchurch shooting survivors. My community college had something a couple of years ago called Hijab Day to help show solidarity with our friends. I participated, and it was quite an experience—no one should ever be afraid to be who they are.

There is never a right or wrong way to react, and no one should ever criticize one another for how they react. It's not a test where there is a right or wrong answer—everyone is different and that is okay.

No one should ever have to be afraid to go to school, go to work, or go to their place of worship or wherever they decide to go. Whatever we decide to do to make a change, as long as we are taking some kind of action, is good enough for me.

Nothing ever gets done by sitting around and doing nothing, so whatever it is you do, get out there and do it. As long as you are showing support it doesn't matter how you show it.

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