This past weekend, YouTuber Logan Paul posted a disturbing video entitled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” that showed actual footage of what appears to be a dead body. Paul filmed the video in Aokigahara, a forest located at the base of Mt. Fuji, that is often referred to as the “Suicide forest” due to the number of suicides that occur within it.
The non-monetized video was up for several hours on Paul’s YouTube channel and garnered 6.3 million views in a 24-hour time span according to New York Magazine.
Many people were shocked at the content and took to Twitter to express their disbelief.
Logan Paul is an amoral piece of shit who could not be less deserving of his platform. Fuck. If you need help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK.
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 2, 2018
Some pointed out the fact that much of Paul’s fan base is made up of young teens who could find the video incredibly traumatizing.
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
And several users called out Paul’s fans who might still be supporting him.
Suicide isn’t a joke of any sort & the fact that Logan Paul made a video & publicly posted a dead person to millions of young fans then had the nerve to laugh and joke after .. it’s fucking sickening if you support that then you’re just as sick & twisted
— Uchiha (@Zyphree_) January 2, 2018
Other YouTuber’s also voiced their disappointment not just with Logan Paul, but with YouTube as well.
so i make one video about my eating disorder and my entire channel is demonetized forever
but logan paul can show a dead body and make fun of suicide and go # 1 on trending ?
— danny (@epDannyEdge) January 2, 2018
It’s not enough that the video was taken down, people want all of Paul’s content removed from the site.
Can we start 2018 by removing all Logan Paul content from the internet?
— Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner) January 2, 2018
Earlier this evening, amid the backlash Paul took a moment to promote his next video on Twitter. Then, three hours later, Paul finally issued a statement writing, “I’ve never faced criticism like this before because I’ve never made a mistake like this before.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
The full statement reads:
“Where do I begin,
Let’s start with this —
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 the 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 & 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.
I love everyone. I believe in people. I’m out here. Peace #Logang4Life”
He subsequently removed the video from his YouTube page.
For many, this apology was too little too late.
what logan paul did was not a mistake. he purposely made jokes around a mans death and posted videos of his body to his young audience. i will not accept his apology, or bullshit excuse that “he wanted to help people” when all he did was potentially trigger more people.
— mary ♡ (@hixtapejus) January 2, 2018
One user even pointed out the fact that the video bleeped out curse words, but still showed a dead body.
can you believe Logan Paul thought it was okay to show a dead fucking body but HAD to bleep out the curse words in the video because THAT was more vulgar than a dead fucking corpse
— ♕emmz (@crzykordei) January 2, 2018
Despite the backlash, some believe this horrendous video still won’t hurt Paul’s career.
Logan Paul doesn’t deserve his fame, or his following, or his money, or anything. He crossed the line this time. But honestly, it’s probably not gonna hurt him or his career, because his fans are literally 6 and they are gonna love him no matter what he does or who he exploits+
— Brayden ? (@nickiisacutie) January 2, 2018
Though many were outraged, some took the opportunity to help spread resources that can help those struggling with suicidal thoughts.
It’s easy to dunk on Logan Paul for being a dudu, but this conversation is deeply painful for a lot of folks. If yr in a bad place, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. If yr in not such a bad place, but need someone to talk to, my DMs are open.
— Alex Goldman (@AGoldmund) January 2, 2018