Shane Dawson somehow gets you to feel bad for Jake Paul in part 6 of his docu-series
Breaking: Jake Paul is a real human being with feelings.
It took until episode five of his docu-series for Shane Dawson to finally show his subject. The latest installation hinted at a more innocent, softer side of Jake, but it barely scratched the surface.
In The Secrets of Jake Paul, the 21-year-old vlogger finally seems to relax. Part 6 shows a more gentle Jake who piles Team 10 into his massive SUV for a surprisingly wholesome quest for camping supplies.
“You guys wanna go to Walmart?” he asks the camera. “I’ve never taken a break so I don’t know what to do.”
Jake, who took September off from vlogging at the insistence of his girlfriend, Erica Costell, has become something of a pariah in the YouTube community. He describes vlogging culture as “cliquey” and admits that he sat by himself during the YouTube creator summit while everyone else socialized.
“I’m one of the biggest YouTubers, right?” Jake says. But instead of coming off as arrogant, he sounds vulnerable. “So you’d think someone would come up and be like ‘Hey man, nice to meet you’ … I was kind of the elephant in the room.”
Despite his signature song “Everyday Bro” proclaiming himself as a self-absorbed asshole, Jake is capable of reflection. When Shane asks about his former assistant Meg’s assault allegations against Faze Banks, his ex-girlfriend Alissa Violet’s new boyfriend, Jake describes his reaction as “immature.”
“We should have looked into it more before speaking on it,” he says, acknowledging the fact that releasing a video about it with Meg’s bruise as the thumbnail was kind of grimy. Thinking back on it, capitalizing on a woman’s trauma for views “seems like, thirsty.”
Overall, Jake seems to be very over YouTube’s possessive fandom culture. In response to the video accusing Faze Banks of strangling Jake’s assistant, rivaling fans accused Team 10 of faking the police report and drugging Faze Bank’s drink. Jake lost 60,000 subscribers after a former Team 10 member reneged on his support for Meg and claimed the assault never happened.
“It’s very cliquey,” Jake tells Shane. “There’s a lot of cliques on YouTube.”
They laugh when Shane very pointedly looks at the massive Team 10 sign hanging over the stairs.
the new shane dawson jake paul episode feels like when you get partnered with an asshole football player for a project and when he’s away from his friends and image he turns out to be a mostly decent human being
— young & tragic (@emdianajones) October 11, 2018
To Erica, Jake has just been “fucked over so many times” by his friends and family.
“Could you picture being around someone after something like that happened to you?” she asks Shane.
As the series unfolds, Jake has been portrayed less as a subscriber-hungry monster preying on little kids to buy merch, and more as a guy who wants to be normal. In a clip featured in an earlier episode, Jake gifts his mother a necklace for her birthday and she immediately begins recording.
“I’m glad that we can have real connections now,” he intones over a video chat. “It’s just … both of each other vlogging.”
In another clip featured in Part 6, Jakes brother Logan and their father Greg record themselves setting mouse traps off on their hands. In the background, Jake can be heard complaining, “Guys, we’re supposed to be opening gifts.”
Erica worries that the pressure to provide for his loved ones — from getting the massive mansion they live in to running the company that employs them — is taking a toll on him.
“When you wake up every morning and everybody’s relying on you to live,” she says in a one-on-one conversation with Shane. “That’s a lot of energy being taken from you. That’s a lot of pressure.”
And after observing Jake and the way he interacts with his Team 10 friends/roommates/employees, therapist Kati Morton concludes that at his core, he’s a genuinely good kid.
“He really gives to people — he bought a huge home [and] has everybody living in it essentially for free,” Kati says at the end of the video. “I think he’s a simple guy and he wants people around him who he loves, and he’ll spend whatever he has to make that happen.”