"To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism", Paul wrote. "However, I understand the anger and frustration that led to the destruction we witnessed, and while it's not the answer, it's important that people see it, and collectively figure out how to move forward in a healthy way".
The video prompted waves of criticism on social media from people accusing Paul and his team of taking advantage of the nationwide protests to gain attention, with one user calling him the "EPITOME OF WHITE MALE PRIVILEGE" who is "CREATING CHAOS JUST FOR CONTENT".
A slew of big cities like Denver, Miami, Los Angeles, etc. have resorted to curfews over the past few days, as what was designed as peaceful demonstrations have grown into reciprocal acts of violence, with vehicles burnt and tear gas fired into the protesters, enraged about George Floyd being suffocated to death during his arrest by now-former police officer Derek Chauvin.More news: Apple Sells Refurbished iPhone XR Variants Directly From its Website
'Bunch of f****** idiots, bro, ' he says. "Look at that, I walked right up to there", Paul said, gesturing to the footpath near a large plume of smoke and what appeared to be a crowd of police officers. "I ain't doing s-t, bro". Look at them pointing guns at me, ' Paul said.
In 2017, Paul was ranked as one of the highest paid Youtube celebrities by Forbes with a net worth of $11.5million.
Paul was also criticized by people for not actually being there to protest systematic racism and police brutality.More news: Intel-powered Galaxy Book S is the first Lakefield-based notebook
Later, a video of looters at the Vogue Sq. mall in Scottsdale, Ariz., emerged on Twitter and confirmed Paul and others watching harm being to the outside of a P.F. Chang's restaurant.
Jake then added, "We filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighborhood we traveled through, we were strictly documenting, not engaging".
Blue released a similar statement on his Instagram story.More news: Seattle protests turn violent, National Guard activated
Blue said on Instagram that it is their "job to document pretty much everything" and that they were strictly documenting the situation. "We're all doing the ideal we are able to to be useful and lift consciousness; this isn't the time to assault one another, it's time to hitch collectively and evolve".