Sunday, 12 July, 2020

YouTuber Logan Paul apologies over showing suicide victim’s dead body in video!

Logan Paul has been slammed after posting a video showing a suicide victim’s dead body.

American YouTube star, Logan Paul has been forced to apologise after he showed the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan during a YouTube video.

In the YouTube video titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese suicide forest” (published 31 December), Logan is with friends in Japan’s Aokigahara forest (known as Japan’s Suicide Forest) – During the video the group discover a body of a man hanging.

In the video, which has now been deleted, the YouTuber could be heard saying: “I hate to say this, but I think there’s someone hanging right there, I’m not even f***ing kidding,

“Do you see it? This isn’t a f***ing joke guys, that’s a f***ing person”.

The video showed close-ups of the body, blurring out the face. Logan then calls out the corpse: “Yo, are you alive?”

“Are you f***ing with us?”

Later in the video the 22-year-old tells a friend to call the police, and rescue services appear at a nearby car park to the forest.

The YouTuber is now facing a wave of criticism online, and has posted an apology on Twitter: “Let’s start with this—I’m sorry,

“This is a first for me. I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before. I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong.”

“I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the Internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. That’s never the intention. I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought “if this video saves just ONE life, it’ll be worth it,” I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video. I still am.

“I do this sh*t every day. I’ve made a 15 minute TV show EVERY SINGLE DAY for a past 460+days. One may understand that it’s easy to get caught up in the moment without fully weighing the possible ramifications.

“I’m often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have and with great power comes great responsibility. For the first time in my life I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won’t happen again.”

Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul, has said that Logan Paul “disgusts’ him on Twitter: “How dare you! You disgust me. I can’t believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad,”

“Hopefully this latest video woke them up. You are pure trash. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. Go rot in hell.”

Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner said the YouTuber was an “idiot” for “mocking” the deceased: “How dare you! You disgust me. I can’t believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad. Hopefully this latest video woke them up… Suicide is not a joke.”

If you are suffering problems in your personal life and need somebody to talk to, call the Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) Lines are open 24/7.

Or call Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk).

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