Logan Paul Apologizes for Posting Video of Body of Man Who Committed Suicide
While Jake Paul is typically the one who’s known for being controversial AF, but it seems like 2018 is going to be Logan Paul‘s year to be the worst. The 22-year-old topped all of his little brother’s antics, however, on the last day of 2017 by venturing into Japan’s Aokigahara forest and stumbling upon the dead body of a man who had seemingly committed suicide. While he and his friends were shocked by the discovery, the former Viner continued to film the deceased (and even made it the video’s thumbnail), make jokes, etc.
We know YouTubers will do a lot to get views, but we cannot even fathom that someone would not only be so disrespectful to film a dead body but also post it to the Internet in an obvious attempt to get views. The disturbing video has since been deleted, but not before it made it to YT’s “Trending” page and garnered hundreds of thousands of likes and views. Logan rightfully received tons of criticism for his lack of empathy and exploitative actions and issued an apology.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
He started the note, “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.”
He thought literally posting a video of a dead person’s body and proceeding to make jokes around it would “make a positive ripple on the Internet”? In what world?
In addition to fans letting Logan know how awful his decision-making skills are, both mainstream celebrities like Sophie Turner and Aaron Paul and YouTubers like Andrea Russett and The Dolan Twins spoke out the mistake.
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
logan paul gotta go
— Andrea Russett (@AndreaRussett) January 2, 2018
@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
The horrible measures people will go to in order to have content to stay relevant is absolutely disgusting. Being blinded by your ego so much so that thinking it is okay to make insensitive remarks about suicide, and broadcasting it for millions of CHILDREN to see is sickening.
— Ethan Dolan (@EthanDolan) January 2, 2018
Suicide is serious. People have lost loved ones, idols, hero’s, fans to suicide. Filming a video and mocking a victim is not raising suicide awareness. Laughing at the body of a poor depressed soul. I can’t believe the disrespect of the victim, their family, and your YOUNG fans.
— Grayson Dolan (@GraysonDolan) January 2, 2018
It’s pretty amazing that kids are still standing up for @LoganPaul after what he did. It’s also sad that Logan Paul doesn’t see the weight of his influence on kids. Do better please. Do better.
— Dee Kosh (@TheDeeKosh) January 2, 2018
.@LoganPaul dude, you are disgusting.
— Mitchy Collins (@MitchyCollins) January 2, 2018
If you or someone you know is struggling, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.