Jake Paul is an American actor who rose to fame through Vine and YouTube before appearing on the Disney Channel show Bizaardvark. He is known for posting clickbait style prank videos on YouTube and gained further notoriety for the drama surrounding a song he recorded in which he bragged about his various successes.
Vine and YouTube
Paul first grew to prominence on Vine. There, he acquired over 5 million followers before the app went defunct (compilation shown below).
On March 9th, 2016, it was announced that Paul was cast in the Disney Channel original series Bizaardvark as the character Dirk. Dirk is the star of a show within the show called Dare Me Bro, where he performs crazy dares, not unlike his Vine and YouTube personalities.
“We’ve mutually agreed that Jake Paul will leave his role on the Disney Channel series ‘Bizaardvark.’ On behalf of the production company, the cast and crew, we thank Jake for his good work on the TV series for the past 18 months and extend our best wishes to him.”
That day, Paul also released a statement via Twitter. He posted the statement in a screencap from the Notes app on iOS along with the caption “Love you all! Thanks for the support❤️ Can’t wait to continue to grow and conquer 🙌🏼 Jake Paulers always rise💪🏼” The post (shown below) received more than 14,000 retweets and 86,000 likes.
White House Breach
On January 5th, 2017, Paul hid in the bathroom of The White House and stayed there for several hours, leaving in the early morning unnoticed. He posted a video about the stunt (shown below, left). This caused the Secret Service to visit his house after that, which he also posted a video about (shown below, right), though they deemed him a non-threat.
It’s Everyday Bro
On May 30th, 2017, Paul uploaded a music video for a song called “It’s Everyday Bro” to YouTube, where it gained over 26 million views (shown below). In the video, he brags about his followers and stated that he would soon pass Pewdiepie. Furthermore he made reference to his ex-girlfriend Alissa Violet, another YouTube star, who had undergone a very public breakup a few months prior amid rumors of mutual cheating and that Violet had begun to date Jake’s brother, Logan Paul.
England Is My City
During “It’s Everyday Bro,” English guest rapper Nick Crompton delivers a verse in which he says “England is my city.” The lyric was mocked online, as England is a country, not a city. On June 21st, 2017, YouTuber Kyle Knight uploaded a video compilation of various popular YouTubers reacting to the lyric, gaining over 287,000 views.
Terrorizing Neighborhood News Report
Oh July 17th, KTLA 5 news reported that Paul has been performing stunts in his west-Hollywood neighborhood, causing property damaging and drawing a crowd. His neighbors began investigating a class-action lawsuit against Paul and the property owner.
“We used to be a nice, quiet street, and now we’re just this war zone,” said Paul’s neighbor Maytal Dahan. “We’re families here and we’re more than happy to have them live here if they’re respectful of their neighbors, but they’re not.”
On August 1st, 2017, Jake Paul posted a video entitled “SELF DRIVING TESLA IN DRIVE THRU PRANK (FREAKOUTS).” In the video (shown below), Paul meets a fan with an accent. When the fan tells Paul that he is from Kazakhstan, Paul responds, “It sounds like you’re just gonna blow someone up […] Send the nuke.” The video has been viewed more than 5.5 million times in three days.
Arizona looting incident (shown below). The video gained over 93,000 views in a week.