His particular brand of humor earned him viral status in a short time, but the price he had to pay for it was losing his job at a Florida Hospital.
This security guard achieved social media fame thanks to his peculiar Instagram account, where he uploaded short clips in which he released flatulence while at work, always looking straight at the camera.
Sadly, as Vice reported on August 23, “Paul Flart”, whose real name is Doug and who earned a 20,000-people following in 6 months, he was fired from his job over alleged privacy violations when his employers learned about his videos.
The viral legend counts with a loyal base of followers who, voluntarily, see him and listen to him as he farts in the more than 70 videos that he has published on Instagram. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
Until August 21, Doug worked as a security guard at the hospital in Polk County, Florida, where in March of this year he began his feat as "Paul Flart,” calling himself “The Fart Authority.”
As he shared in an interview he gave for The Blast, the idea came to him one night, during his shift, when he passed gas and “acoustics in the room were so good” that he started recording himself doing it.
He passed some of the videos of his gases to his friends, who convinced him to open an Instagram account for it. The name is a reference to the character “Paul Blart” from the film “Mall Cop,” to whom he bears some resemblance.
But even if his “talent” cost him his day job, Doug doesn’t seem to have any regrets over what he did, and he is having the time of his life with the newfound power of reaching so many people.
“I’ve had people from Holland, and Germany, and the UK sending me DMs and saying it’s the greatest thing ever. This brightens their day.”
-Doug A.K.A. “Paul Flart,” Vice, August 23, 2018.
In another sudden stroke of genius, Doug live streamed the moment when he was fired from his job, even though his supervisor asks him to stop recording. The social media star was unapologetic and refused to sign the report.
Now that he found his true passion, Doug has no worries about his former job, and he is planning his future career moves as “Paul Flart.”
“We’re going to keep making content. We can do Paul Flart on vacation, you know, throw in like a Hawaiian shirt and a hat of some sort and then just fart around Florida. We’re just going to keep going,” he said.
The taboo and embarrassment that surrounds bodily functions very often makes it difficult to talk about them, as is the case with flatulencies. Doug’s employers's reaction to his videos is an example of this.
But talking about this normal and healthy phenomenon can prevent us from damaging habits and can help us mature as a society to accept that everything that our bodies do has its reasons and benefits.
Actually, flatulencies are mostly good indicators of our well-being. There is nothing to be ashamed of.