YouTuber Logan Paul Posts Video Of Suicide Victim; Twitter Reacts

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YouTube “celebrity” Logan Paul is under fire after his decision to post a disturbing video online from a trip to Aokigahara in Japan, also known as “suicide forest.”

In the video, Paul comes across an apparent suicide victim hanging from a tree.

Instead of immediately cutting the video and making the rational decision not to share it, he continued to film along with some friends as they laughed at the dead body before trying to turn the video into a “suicide awareness” bit.

Paul then edited and uploaded the video, which has since been removed.

“Suicide is not a joke,” Paul said in the video. “Depression and mental illnesses are not a joke. We came here with an intent to focus on the ‘haunted’ aspect of the forest.”

Paul has since issued an apology which reads in part:

“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 did 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.”

But the damage was already done.

A number of celebrities and Twitter users shared their disappointment and disgust towards Paul for his video.

Dear @LoganPaul,

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.

Ap

— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) 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

i’m truly sickened by this logan paul situation. i lost my brother to suicide… my brother took his own life by hanging himself… how insensitive and sick can you be to film someone in that state 😔

— mommy (@CorinnaKopf) January 2, 2018

logan paul gotta go 👋🏼

— Andrea Russett (@AndreaRussett) January 2, 2018

“What Logan Paul did was just a mistake!” “He didn’t mean it.” He didn’t mean to:

-Go to Suicide Forrest
-Film a hanging corpse
-Keep filming it
-Laugh about it
-Upload the files to his computer.
-Edit the video
-Upload to YouTube for kids
-Title the video
-Make a Thumbnail pic.twitter.com/EJObuwA9p6

— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) January 2, 2018

Suicide is not a joke, Logan Paul, there is no excuse for filming and posting that video.

If you feel effected by the video, or you are in a bad place right now, here is a list of suicide hotlines for around the world. If you feel you need someone to talk to, my dms are open pic.twitter.com/XEUoqZ9qBp

— elynor (@ellieealderton) January 2, 2018

There have since been calls to have YouTube permanently ban Logan Paul and shut down his account.

YouTube issued the following statement on the matter.

I just received an official statement from a contact at @Youtube regarding the outrage and controversy around Logan Paul’s (now self-removed) “We found a dead body” top trending Youtube video.

I’ll save my personal comment for later. Just wanted to pass this along. pic.twitter.com/JNTQDMVvT4

— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) January 2, 2018

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