Everyone on the Internet Came for Logan Paul After He Posted a Video With a Suicide Victim
We're only a day and a half into 2018, and already Logan Paul has set the bar for biggest fail of the year. The YouTuber posted a vlog after visiting the "suicide forest" in Japan, an area in the Aokigahara forest at the edge of Mount Fuji that has become notorious as a place for people to commit suicide. In the offensive video that has since come down, Paul shows the body of a hanging suicide victim, with only his face blurred out, and throughout the footage he and his friends can also be seen and heard laughing:
Logan Paul and his friends laughing and smiling after discovering a dead body pic.twitter.com/azY7EAiuC4
— JhbTeam (@JhbTeam) January 2, 2018
The vlog was viewed millions of times, before Logan finally succumbed to the backlash by deleting the video and issuing an apology of sorts:
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
Which he then followed up with an apology video, because yeah turns out HE'S SCARED TO LOSE FOLLOWERS AND $$$...
So sorry. pic.twitter.com/JkYXzYsrLX
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
Thousands were offended by Logan's post, and despite his insistence that he didn't monetize the video, and that his laughter was a form of "coping" with what he'd seen, many weren't buying the apology. It was largely unaccepted by Twitter, including a number of people who've lost friends and family member to suicide. YouTuber Anna Akana, who lost her sister to suicide 10 years ago, shared her disgust for Logan's actions on the app, as did countless others:
When my brother found my sister’s body, he screamed with horror & confusion & grief & tried to save her. That body was a person someone loved.
You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.
— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) 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 w clickbait
-Make a Thumbnail
— cady (@CadyMerow) January 2, 2018
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
Kinda starting to regret this pic.twitter.com/bd9AG1mGZT
— Aaron Chewning (@AaronChewning) January 2, 2018
Can't spell 'Logan Paul' without 'O Anal Plug'. Do with that what you will.
— mamrie hart (@mametown) January 2, 2018
Watching adults learn about Logan Paul is like seeing Mt. Everest base campers leave for the summit with a windbreaker and a granola bar.
— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) January 2, 2018
Ariana Grande made a more sincere apology after licking a donut than Logan Paul did after filming a dead body and making jokes about it.
— h u n n i e (@agsbuteraa) January 2, 2018
what logan paul could've (and should've) done:
- stop recording as soon as he noticed the person
- not upload the video at all
- not make the thumbnail
- not make jokes throughout the entire thing
- not have a channel
- not have fans
- not do anything on youtube ever
— kelly | 93 (@trellyeye) January 2, 2018
Keep Logan Paul away from my body living or dead.
— Allie Goertz (@AllieGoertz) January 2, 2018
Is Logan Paul a real person or is he a metaphor for the end of American culture?
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) January 2, 2018
if your apology repeatedly mentions how successful or important you are, PLEASE TRY AGAIN
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) January 2, 2018
I hope Logan Paul's apology video helps him sell so many t-shirts he can afford to buy his own private island and never come back
— Jenny Nicholson (@JennyENicholson) 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
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
logan paul would have dropped the wildest 9/11 vlog
— BRANDON WARDELL (@BRANDONWARDELL) January 2, 2018
I’m starting to think Logan Paul makes outrageous videos on purpose 😒
— Danny Gonzalez (@dannygonzalez) January 2, 2018
Logan Paul, please delete your youtube channel and spare the millions of young minds you're contaminating. You're a walking contradiction.
— Quinn XCII (@QuinnXCII) January 2, 2018
Logan Paul = 🚮
— KYLE (@KyleEdwards) January 2, 2018
Logan Paul monetized his apology video.
Please do not watch it. That is all.
— joey🎈 (@joeykidney) 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
What do you think of Logan's apology? Is it enough, or was it too little too late? Let us hear your [email protected]!