The 22-year-old YouTube star is being slammed after posting an insensitive New Year's Eve video showing him encountering a dead man's body hanging in the 'Japanese Suicide Forest.'
YouTube star Logan Paul caused outrage for an insensitive New Year's Eve video that included footage of an apparent suicide victim. The 22-year-old vlogger, who has over 15 million subscribers, posted on his channel the 15-minute video which was taken during his visit to Aokigahara, a forest at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan which is also known as the "Japanese Suicide Forest."
Along with the video, Logan included a disclaimer about seeking help if you're dealing with depression. He said to his viewers, "This is the most real vlog I've ever posted on this channel. I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history."
In the clip, which has since been deleted, the man's body was blurred completely from a distance. But as Logan proceeded to film closer to the body, only his face was blurred. Logan was heard asking the dead body, "Yo are you alive? Are you f***ing with us?"
While Logan claimed the video was "supposed to be a fun vlog" and that he wanted to show the supernatural aspects of the forest, not the suicides, many deemed the video "sickening" and called the star "disgusting" and a "trash." The vlogger then released an apology letter in which he explained that he "intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention."
"Where do I begin… Let's start with this – I'm sorry," he began his apology letter. "This is a first for me. I've never faced criticism like this before, because I've never made a mistake like this before," he continued. "I'm surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I'm still a human being. I can be wrong."
Logan said he "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." He explained, "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 said. "I do this s**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."
Logan said he's "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." He promised that it "won't happen again." He concluded his letter, "I love everyone. I believe in people. I'm out here. Peace #Logang4Life."
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
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