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.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
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.”
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.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) January 2, 2018
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.”
@LoganPaul You’re an idiot. You’re not raising awareness. You’re mocking. I can’t believe how self-praising your “apology” is. You don’t deserve the success (views) you have. I pray to God you never have to experience anything like that man did.
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) January 2, 2018
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