Why Is Jake Paul Hosting The 2017 Teen Choice Awards? Twitter Is Questioning The Choice
If you're not used to seeing Jake Paul on your TV screen, you're not alone. The YouTube star is used to gracing the much smaller computer and cell phone screens. Which is probably why fans are wondering why Jake Paul is hosting the Teen Choice Awards. Paul is a Disney star-turned-YouTuber, and there seems to be no love lost between him and the TCA audiences.
It's actually pretty surprising Paul is even hosting the awards after the controversial summer he's had. In July, Paul and Disney Channel "mutually agreed" that he would leave his role on the show Bizaardvark, a decision that came amidst some legal trouble with his Hollywood neighbors. In August, the personality found himself in the hot seat yet again for making allegedly xenophobic comments on YouTube. While speaking with a fan from Kazakhstan, Paul reportedly said, according Seventeen, "It sounds like you're just going to blow someone up. You're like, 'Send the nuke!'" His recent YouTube pranks have also fallen flat, as did his newly released not-a-diss-track diss track, appropriately titled "YouTube Stars Diss Track." In it, Paul responded to the criticism, saying,
"Nobody knows the truth except for people that know me... I’m sorry for the mistakes I’ve made and the dumb things I’ve said, but we’re all human, and humans deserve forgiveness."
Needless to say, Teen Choice Award viewers are less than pleased with their choice of host. Many fans have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration with the choice, calling out his recent behavior.
"Teen Choice 2017 is the premier awards show for teens and about teens, and our partnership with YouTube expands this special event into the audience's digital lives as never before," president of alternative entertainment and specials for Fox Rob Wade said of the decision to work with Paul when it was first announced. "Teen Fest 2017 will get fans around the world excited for the show and elevate the experience for viewers across every platform."
Late in the show, Paul did address his controversial summer while accepting the award for Choice YouTuber, saying the past few months have "humbled" him and pledging to learn more about the world and leave the bad times behind. "I have to be more mindful of my actions and words and how they impact others," he said. Twitter was, predictably, not impressed.
It looks like the YouTuber is going to have to learn the age old truth that actions speak louder than words if he really wants to get back into the public's good graces.