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Humanizing the YouTube star: Reactions on Shane Dawson’s Jake Paul documentary

My eyes are burning but why am I still watching?

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On a Friday afternoon, I paused my work as I watched the highly anticipated last installment of what you can probably call a YouTube documentary.

The cast of characters? OG YouTuber Shane Dawson who has a penchant for creating in-depth videos on the internet’s most hated and, well, one of internet’s most hated, Jake Paul (second only to none other than his older brother Logan who earlier this year posted a vlog shot in Japan’s suicide forest which showed a dead body).


What is going on here? 

Now let me make it clear that I’ve never watched a Jake Paul video in my life (what any self-respecting adult would say), but I also had no idea who Shane Dawson was until the first Jake video dropped. And yet, I find myself glued to the screen excited for the one hour and 45-minute finale after having watched each minute of every preceding video Shane has churned out on the topic. And, I’m not the only one.

The very first video in this series posted three weeks ago now has 21 million views. And the last part which was posted 24 hours ago? 13 million and rising.

“Is Jake Paul a sociopath?” That is the question Shane sought to answer as he jumped into the rabbit hole of the YouTuber’s downward spiral from fame. Shane hypothesizes that it takes a special type of person to be a YouTuber. He goes on to research on the 21-year old’s YouTube history, family background, and even surrounding controversies.

It seems like an uncanny tandem: Shane, seemingly wiser in YouTube years, and Jake, young, reckless and crass. The question on everybody’s mind, will the young Paul redeem himself in this series?

YouTube killed the Vine star…

This whole thing plays out on YouTube which is fitting. It’s the next big controversy and it’s trending but there’s something peculiar about a seven-part-long series cut up into videos that run 40 minutes to almost two hours long each.

See, this is what YouTube has done. It’s created spectacles out of people and the next explosive thing to watch is what the audience jumps to. This is precisely how former Vine star Jake Paul has grown his YouTube empire. But, at a time when audience attention spans rival those of a goldfish and people have been trained to watch short, excitable, attention-grabbing bursts of nonsense in video form, this longer documentary format is refreshing. And surprisingly, it’s a success.

Spoiler alert

Those who hated Jake hated Shane for doing the series, knowing fully well that the series will humanize Jake no matter how shitty of a person he really is. Spoiler alert: We find midway through the series that Jake is unlikely to be a sociopath. Instead, at the end of the series, what we find is a confused kid who can’t process emotions or controversy.

Those who love Jake, well, I judge them — and that’s the thing. We want the bad guys to get called out. We don’t want redemption for them, for people like Jake who’s been accused of racism and abuse, recklessly burning down a pool, climbing atop a news van, and the list goes on. 

More spoilers: Any villain will seem less evil when we get to know them. That is what has happened here. Shane Paul has effectively humanized the YouTube superstar. And, some will argue, he’s humanized the worst of them.

So is there redemption after all? If the view count is to be believed, probably. As to if that’s a good thing, I leave that to the audience to decide.

One thing’s for sure: YouTube is an ongoing show and this is just one of the chapters.

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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry made up and Twitter is not calm

Peace at last

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Pop queen and LGBT ally Taylor Swift just dropped the music video for her new pop anthem You Need to Calm Down and unsurprisingly, the fans cannot calm down. The star-studded video features queer icons like Laverne Cox, Ellen de Generes, Adam Rippon, and Queer Eye’s Fab Five living their fabulous lives despite the anti-gay protests in front of them.

The surprise that shook us and the internet, albeit many eagle-eyed speculated last week, is a Katy Perry cameo.


In case you’ve been living under a rock, the two pop stars had a years-long public feud that eventually ended when Katy extended an olive branch last year, by sending Taylor an actual olive branch.

The music video is their first public reunion, and Katycats and Swifties all over are having a Twitter party:

We’ll tell all our grandchildren one day.

Bless.

Can’t calm down.

Anyone having an awful year so far can relate.

Took the words out of my mouth.

Same.

War is over, if you want it.

*orders McDonald’s*

Give us what we need!

There are many important moments in the whole video but this one featuring drag queens as this era’s pop queens is for everyone who take pleasure in pitting women against each other.

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A Father’s Day drive up north

Story time!

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We recently got the Ranger Raptor for the second time to use at this year’s STV ARCC and represent Ford Philippines. And since we had a free day before the event itself happened, I decided to use it and take out my dad along with my brother for a road trip. Good thing Mom had an errand to do that day!

Dad wanted to visit a certain theme park restaurant north of Metro Manila so I agreed and went for it. We already brought the Raptor to a 4×4 route for some off-road action, so now we go for long, paved roads with hungry stomachs.


That’s Dad, my brother Kiefer, and me on the road

After four hours of driving from the south, past the traffic metro, and all the way up north, we reached our destination. The place is called Isdaan Floating Restaurant and it’s at the municipality of Talavera in Nueva Ecija in the Philippines. “Isdaan,” when translated, means “fishery” so it already paints you a picture of what to expect. The restaurant is hard to miss as it has a wide, inviting facade fronted with sculptures.

The staff greeted us with a warm welcome and led us to our private floating nipa hut with koi fish swimming around and under us. Looking at the menu, there were lots of choices from appetizers, meat, seafood obviously, and even specialties that you don’t usually see in city restaurants.

“Guarding” the floating nipa huts

We got Bicol Express (spicy stew), Sinigang na Liempo (pork belly soup), and Binukadkad na Plapla (butterflied fish) from the menu. One of their signatures is a Boat Special. Basically, they offer select dishes in a long sizzling plate mounted on a wooden counter-top that resembles a boat. This was how Bicol Express was served which greatly added to the presentation value.

Food was really great especially the soup. While the service wasn’t too snappy and could definitely be improved, the food compensated for it. It has that home-cooked taste that hits the spot after a long drive.

After eating, we decided to walk around the area and check out the theme park side of the place. There were giant statues everywhere — from the Charging Bull similar to New York’s, Big Buddha of Phuket, and even prehistoric dinosaurs. It does make for great photo opportunities as you’ll see in the following photos.

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Apart from the gigantic and humorous characters, another attraction to find here is a corner to vent out all your pent-up emotions. For a reasonable price, you can choose objects like those plates or coffee mugs that you can smash onto the wall. If you ask me, I feel it’s a bit out of place in this family-friendly restaurant but it still does make the place unique.

Those are all fun but what usually entices people to visit this place is the fact that you can dip your feet in this shallow pond and have large koi fish swimming in between your legs. It might sound weird and it’s probably not for everyone, but the novelty of being able to do it was actually fun.

These koi quickly gather around you as you go near the water

Caught this little guy trying to nibble on his watch

Can’t leave the place without this obligatory shot!

After all the photos were taken and a few minor mishaps (one of us slipping trying to get in with the fish, not telling who), we were ready to go back home. It was another four hours inside the Raptor and we ended up exchanging stories and laughing our way through the expressways while the truck was mostly on cruise control. It was definitely a trip to remember.

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5 coolest Airbnb places you can rent in Tagaytay

For when you want to escape Manila’s heat

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Tagaytay is one destination you can visit when you’re looking for a weekend getaway. It’s popular for its cold weather, picture-worthy cafes, and an overlooking view of Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest active volcano. In addition, it’s just a two-hour drive away from Manila.

If you’re planning to stay in this city for a couple of days, here are our top five Airbnb rentals:


Dalton’s Lakeview Point

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Dalton’s Lakeview Point is a stylish, modern-themed Airbnb. It’s spacious enough to fit groups up to six people, and its artistic interior design gives you that cozy and calming feeling. Stay here when you want a refreshing view of Taal Lake.

Book it here.

Nordic Jewel

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Couples might enjoy staying at Nordic Jewel, a Scandinavian-inspired Airbnb located in Tagaytay Prime Residences. Despite being small, every corner is Instagrammable. If that doesn’t convince you, let me tell you this: Small spaces make you closer with a person. Now go and have a good time with the love of your life!

Book it here.

Unit 217, Tower 1, Wind Residences

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Even though it looks like a hotel room, Unit 217 in Tower 1, Wind Residences exudes an elegant, contemporary vibe. Its yellow accents give life in this Airbnb’s dominantly black and white design, and its patio invites you to relax and take a peek outside. This is perfect for those who want to feel that hotel vibe with a touch of the usual bed and breakfast.

Book it here.

Chalet de Tagaytay

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If you want to retreat from the hustle-bustle of life, Chalet de Tagaytay is a rustic Airbnb that oozes privacy. Perched on a mountainside, it has the perfect view of Taal Lake for when you want to contemplate about life. Take the time to forget the world and your problems, and just relax during your stay.

Book it here.

Windsor Vacation House

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Windsor Vacation House is the perfect place for get-togethers. It’s spacious enough to let everyone have their own space, and every corner is definitely picture-worthy. Next time you have an occasion to celebrate, bring your families and friends here for a wonderful experience. It can comfortably fit people up to 12 people, and it’s guaranteed you’ll make new memories with a beautiful Airbnb like this!

Book it here.

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