Travel YouTuber Louis Cole Responds To Criticism Of His North Korean Vlogs
Some viewers were questioning whether Louis was getting paid by the North Korean government as a 'tool for propaganda'.
Popular travel YouTuber Louis Cole, known on YouTube as FunForLouis, has responded to recent criticism and controversy surrounding his vlogs from North Korea.
If you didn't know, Louis has been out in North Korea doing what he does best - Documenting his travels, sharing his experiences with us in video form and, in the case of this trip, 'trying to focus on positive things in [North Korea] and combat the purely negative image we see in the Media'.
However, his trip has sparked backlash on social media, with a theory starting alleging that the YouTuber could be getting paid to create 'positive propaganda' for the country, as he has apparently not made reference to the political unrest and human rights violations out there.
One Twitter user, for example, wrote: "wonder how much fun for louis was paid to promote north korea as a nice place [sic]".
Another tweeted: "this is either painfully ignorant or deliberate propaganda [sic]."
After huge reaction to his videos, both from viewers and in the media, Louis has made another video responding to the theories, denying that he's being paid by the North Korean government 'as a tool for propaganda'.
Making a statement, he said: "I do not agree with the North Korean ideologies, but I do care for and love the people there."
Explaining that he's been to developed and developing countries 'with a range of political problems and social justice issues', he added: "I'm looking for the beautiful, positive things. I want to connect with local people, learn about the culture and the country. I'm not an investigative journalist, I don't really do political commentary and there are other places on the internet you can go to find those kinda things."
Sharing that he travelled out on an organised trip, Louis reassured fans that he is aware of the issues going on in North Korea and is not being naive to it all.
Here's the full video: