YouTuber Logan Paul celebrated his 23rd birthday with friends in Yosemite National Park over Easter weekend. As he has a tendency to do, he was over the top, loud and disruptive, which eventually led to him and his group being kicked out of the park by the National Park Service.
According to SF Gate (and the first of three videos Paul posted to YouTube from the trip), Paul and crew arrived in Yosemite at 4 a.m. in a converted school bus to find no camping spots available. So they parked in a lot and camped in tents on top of the bus.
Paul was met by a park ranger first thing in the morning, who told them, “If everyone who wanted to camp wherever they felt like it did, think of how trashed this place would be. So there’s that. And there’s the fact that you took up how many spots? Five spots.”
Stating it was his birthday, the ranger decided not to give Paul a citation. But the group did not learn their lessons after that forgiving decision by the ranger.
As SF Gate points out, “Paul later received two citations during his visit. The first was for ‘unsafe operations’ as Richards explains that Paul’s group drove around the park with people riding inside a tent strapped to the roof of the bus. The second citation was for food storage violations.”
The group also caused numerous visitors to file noise disturbance complaints with the park, according to SF gate, eventually leading to the group’s dismissal from the park - which Paul does not reference at all in any of his videos.
“People come to Yosemite to enjoy the outdoors,” park spokesperson Jamie Richards told SF Gate. “They come here because it’s a peaceful and beautiful place. When one person’s visit disturbs another, we have to make contact.”
Paul has 17 million YouTube subscribers and seems to cause controversy after controversy with his antics. Last summer Paul’s neighbors in West Hollywood spoke out about how he had turned the neighborhood into a “war zone.”
And this past winter, Paul visited Aokigahara forest in Japan, which is referred to as Japan’s “Suicide Forest.” While filming, Paul came across the body of someone who had committed suicide. He continued filming and according to Tech Crunch, he “jokes about the body and seemingly approaches the subject of suicide with an unacceptable levity.”
For this, Paul was booted from YouTube’s Google Preferred ad program and faced huge internet backlash. He eventually had his ad capabilities reinstated and offered a half-hearted apology.
Even in the last of the three videos Paul made from the Yosemite trip, he appears to exploit a car crash that happened on their way out of the park.
We’d like to encourage our readers to always be respectful national parks visitors so that everybody can enjoy the beauty, the tranquility and the sheer magnificence of our national parks.
Also of note, Yosemite National Park has canceled camping reservations and closed the valley starting Friday afternoon (4/6) due to an incoming storm with potential for large scale flooding.
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