BBC Radio 1 axes airing Logan Paul chat amid backlash

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BBC Radio 1 host Charlie Sloth announced live on air on Thursday (July 26) that he’s cancelled plans to play an interview with controversial YouTuber Logan Paul, following a huge outcry from listeners.

The 23-year-old YouTube phenomenon and social media influencer was ostensibly appearing on Radio 1 to promote his boxing match with fellow YouTuber KSI, which takes place on August 25 at Manchester Arena.

The interview caused controversy before the BBC was supposed to air it, with many listeners bombarding the Radio 1 Twitter feed with complaints when it was announced that Sloth had taped a chat with Paul.

One listener said it was “absolutely disgusting” to allow Paul to promote his fight on the BBC, while another described his YouTube persona as “everything that is wrong with the modern world”.

Despite the BBC telling Digital Spy beforehand that Radio 1 host Charlie Sloth is “used to handling controversial guests”, the presenter announced live on air on Thursday night that the pre-recorded chat would be shelved.

“Tonight, we were going to hear from Logan Paul and KSI,” he began. “We wanted to talk about their boxing match, and find out what it was all about.

“We had a whole segment planned out. We were listening back to the interview with Logan, and even though it was only one part of a wider piece, we don’t feel it’s right [to air it].

“We decided we’re not going to run it. We know some of you have very strong views on Logan, but at the end of the day, if we don’t think it’s good enough, we ain’t gonna go with it!”

A similar statement was posted on the BBC Radio 1 Twitter feed, but now it has also been criticised for being disingenuous:

The hostility towards Paul stems from him publishing a vlog shot in the Japanese suicide forest of Aokigahara and including footage of a corpse — a decision that caused widespread backlash and cost him YouTube advertising revenue. He later publicly apologised.

More recently, there has been tremendous media scrutiny around Paul’s relationship with Agents of SHIELD‘s Chloe Bennet, after she insisted that his love has changed her life “for the better”.


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