“That Affected Me, and It Still Does”: Once ‘Bully’ Jake Paul Opens Up About ‘Getting Cyber Bullied’

Published 08/30/2022, 7:00 AM EDT
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People are often criticized when they are trying out something different. Internet personalities are often cyberbullied when they are starting out. Popular YouTuber, Jake Paul, has become one of the biggest names in the social media world, but, even he has had his share of criticism.  

While talking to Graham Bensinger in an interview, Jake Paul discussed his non-profit foundation named, ‘Boxing Bullies’, which fights back against bullying. He described how he was a bully in school, and at the time, he did not realize, what he was doing. 

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He stated, “It was just jokes, but that affects those kids, which at the time, I was like I didn’t think it was harmful. And I was doing it because it made me feel better about myself because I was actually insecure, you know I guess at that time. And not confident in myself.”

Paul further discussed how he got criticized when he started putting his videos online. “People from my school were like, your videos aren’t funny, you’re an idiot, you’re cringe, you’re a clown, you are making fun like you look stupid. And that affected me, and it still does like to this day. Because those comments are real and basically that was my experience of getting cyberbullied,” Paul said. 

The initiative by Jake Paul toward fighting bullying    

‘The Problem Child’ has become a known face among people, and he uses his identity to bring something good and positive to the table. Last year, Paul took a step forward and opened an organization named, ‘Boxing Bullies’. 

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Paul launched the non-profit organization in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The foundation is instrumental in imbibing confidence, courage, and leadership in the youth through boxing. It’s main focus is to make people aware of the effects of bullying and the organization strives to fight it. 

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 The YouTuber-turned-boxer even signed and gave away pairs of gloves at the event. Moreover, he even gave a speech about how the organization will contribute to the cause. The video even showed some children training for boxing with coaches. 

Meanwhile, what do you think about Paul’s remarks about bullying and his initiative towards fighting it? Let us know your valuable thoughts in the comments below.

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Shashank Wankhede

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Shashank Wankhede is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. When it comes to boxing, the blockbuster film 'Rocky' sparked his interest in the sport. He holds Muhammad Ali in great regard and is a sincere admirer of his narrative, struggle, and accomplishments.

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