On Monday, Paul faced heavy scrutiny after making the argument, which many thought minimized the struggles that come with anxiety by telling people to just walk it off and "chill."
"Remember anxiety is created by you. sometimes you gotta let life play out and remind yourself to be happy & that the answers will come," he wrote in the since-deleted tweet, per BBC. "Chill your mind out. go for a walk. talk to a friend."
However, in the wake of the backlash, Paul continued to defend his initial tweet by sharing an article about dealing with anxiety and arguing that at least he was spreading "awareness."
"Everyone clowning my tweet but it's now spreading more awareness about anxiety which i didn't even know was a thing till I was 18 but had it my whole life & never knew how to deal with it," he wrote.
everyone clowning my tweet but it’s now spreading more awareness about anxiety which i didn’t even know was a thing till I was 18 but had it my whole life & never knew how to deal with it🤷🏼♂️— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) February 18, 2020
if u think u have it or wanna deal with it try reading this👇🏼https://t.co/orknebThfw
That said, Paul's follow-up has also sparked some subsequent discourse about the "dangerous" spread of "bad info about anxiety" and how posts like his could possibly deter people from seeking proper help.
See what people are saying, below.
nobody is 'clowning' on your tweet— ♡♪!? (@SkyWilliams) February 18, 2020
your tweet is dangerous to your young impressionable audience. anxiety is bad enough as it is, but now you're trying to make it seem like its our fault that we feel anxious.
it's just so invalidating and shortsighted.
You should delete it.
guys if you have diabetes, just use your pancreas to make insulin hope this helped <3— ⁰⁰ ⁰²₁₂₇²⁹⊕⁰⁵u³³w⁰⁷u²⁶⊕⁷⁷₁₂₇⁶⁶ ⁰⁰ (@yunohwhoitis) February 18, 2020
Well let me clown this tweet. You are full of shit. Full stop. Saying people can cure their own anxiety is dangerous and places undue blame on the person with Mental Health issues for why they, too, cant control their anxiety.— 💙 Koko 💙 (@Kokomothegreat) February 18, 2020
End. The. Stigma. On. Mental. Health. Issues.
ur tweet spread bAD info about anxiety bc it can stop people from getting help when it’s needed thinking they can just walk it off and chill :/ it was also a lil insulting to those who deal with it. those “clowning” r the ones providing good info. Just say my bad n move on 😭— taylor nicole dean (@taylorndean) February 18, 2020
being anxious and having anxiety are not the same. drinking water and going for a walk are things for people who r stressed or nervous not people who have to live with anxiety disorder— meg⁷ ☆★ (@JOONCLlT) February 18, 2020
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