Logan Paul is many things, but thankfully he is not a flat Earther.
In a 50-minute, 2-second mockumentary that included a torrid affair with a Flat Earther, a betrayal from a roommate, and a rap that rhymes “NASA” with “I think I’m gonna passa,” the YouTube star announced that no, he doesn’t actually think the Earth is flat.
Sporting a newly grown beard, Logan’s scripted-ish movie takes a deep dive into the Flat Earth International Conference in Colorado.
During the “filming” of another challenge video, his roommate Mike Majlak pulls him aside in a badly acted out dialogue about whether the earth is flat, and is later caught on camera smashing the various globes that decorate Logan’s sprawling mansion.
“I want you to be honest with me,” Logan says in a kitchen confrontation with Mike. “Do you think the world is flat?”
In a sit-down interview, Mike claims that he saw the edge of the Earth during a childhood trip to Antarctica.
“We’ve been lied to,” he rants over CGI footage of mountain ranges surrounded by the cosmos. Then, he attempts to convert Logan to Flat Earther-ism.
Logan also faux-interrogates a group of children, who all swear on science that the world is round, until he finds a child who reasons that the world must be flat. A literal child manages to convince the 23-year-old YouTuber that the world is flat.
Logan and Mike then make their way to the Flat Earth International Conference and meet its CEO, Robbie Davidson. Other Flat Earthers include a guy who launched himself into the sky via homemade rocket, a freestyle rapper, and a former employee of Space Systems/Loral (the company that builds satellites).
“Everybody’s around the globe,” a Flat Earther tells Logan. “The globe’s in your mind.”
He also meets an Australian Flat Earther and ends up absolutely smitten. It only takes a single date with her to sway him into believing in the conference’s teachings and for him to professes his love for her. In a heart-to-heart with Mike, Logan also declares his belief in the popular conspiracy theory via rap.
“Ever since my birth, my dick got mad girth,” Mike and Logan rap. “I’m chilling with my people talking ’bout that flat Earth.”
They may be enlightened, but it doesn’t mean they’re particularly intellectual.
At Logan’s “coming out” party where he proclaims his newfound beliefs, Mike admits that he’s not actually a Flat Earther, forcing Logan to wonder if the conference and his relationship meant anything at all.
What exactly was the point of making this? What did Logan hope to achieve?
Which, oddly enough, is exactly how we felt after spending 50 minutes and two seconds on watching this vlog. What exactly was the point of making this? What did Logan hope to achieve? Is he trolling the Flat Earth International Conference, or is this a self-aware middle finger to the skeptical people who are all too ready to dunk on him?
Logan’s much-hyped video — which was promoted as a documentary but turned out to be more of a narrative movie — raised concerns that the older Paul brother had fallen for the conspiracy theory and would spread the lies to his young audience, which is comprised of mostly children. In a rare moment of maturity, the dude known for peddling merch and making overtly sexual videos that children will definitely watch seems to actually consider the consequences of his actions. We won’t have an army of adolescent Flat Earthers, thanks to Logan Paul.
“I think that’s the dumbest shit I’ve heard in my life,” he said, before pausing and pulling the most Logan Paul troll he’s pulled so far. “I’m not sure … there is an Earth at all.”
Cue another impossibly loud rap.