Logan Paul is a well-known YouTuber who is currently signed to WWE and performs as a professional wrestler on their Raw brand. Logan is also recognized for making controversial statements. He recently faced backlash for calling the Bad Bunny hypocritical.
Bad Bunny shocked the internet last month when he released the documentary-style music video for “El Apagón.” It’s from his record-breaking album Un Verano Sin Ti. An almost 20-minute documentary named “Aqu Vive Gente” by Puerto Rican journalist Bianca Graulau is included in the music video.
The documentary covers the gentrification, displacement, and abandonment of Puerto Ricans on the island, focusing on how neighborhoods have become gentrified under Acts 20 and 22. Foreigners can move to Puerto Rico to avoid paying capital gains taxes on investments such as real estate and stocks under laws such as Act 22.
This incentive has inspired many foreign entrepreneurs, including popular YouTuber Logan Paul, to move their businesses to the United States unincorporated territories. As a result, Paul appears briefly in the music video/documentary. The YouTuber previously stated that taxes were one of the key reasons he moved to Puerto Rico about a year and a half ago, which drew criticism from both inside and outside the island.
Also, he and his brother Jake Paul moved to Dorado into an alleged $13 million beachfront mansion inside the Ritz Carlton Reserve. Paul seemed to have been unable to ignore the backlash that erupted following the release of the video for “El Apagón.” Paul claims he wants to address the “anti-Logan narrative on the island” on Philip DeFranco’s YouTube show, which aired Wednesday, October 5th, where he spoke out against Bad Bunny and his music video, calling him “hypocritical.”
“I love Bad Bunny, and I think he is an amazing entertainer. I think he is a generational talent,” Paul tells DeFranco after sharing what he (Paul) has allegedly done for Puerto Rico.
But I do find it hypocritical because Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican living in Puerto Rico who is privately taking advantage of the same tax program he is publicly condemning.
DeFranco raised his eyebrows and critically asked, “Is that true?” Paul continues, “So, I see this music video that has stuck me in the middle of it; that’s surrounded by the context that makes me look like a vulture in Puerto Rico. Again, while I love Bad Bunny, I cannot personally support the hypocritical nature of his exploitation.” It’s important to note, as DeFranco mentioned after the interview, that Bad Bunny and Logan Paul do not qualify for the same incentives.
As a native Puerto Rican currently living on the island, Bad Bunny is eligible for tax incentives. Nonetheless, he is ineligible for the condemned laws that are only available to foreign individuals. Aside from taxes, Bad Bunny has been known to give back to his communities in a variety of ways, including the Good Bunny Foundation, his nonprofit that made a $1 million contribution to Know Your Rights Camp, founded by activist Colin Kaepernick, in 2020.
Most recently, he added QR codes listing local organizations helping those in need in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Fiona’s devastation. Fans are quickly defending Benito on social media, emphasizing that there is no connection between the two, and many are also clarifying the tax break matter. You can check out their reaction below. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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