YouTuber Logan Paul Is Being Dragged For His Problematic ‘Suicide Forest’ Video

There is no denying that Logan Paul is one of the biggest YouTuber’s out there. With over 15 million subscribers alone his outreach is huge. Typically Logan isn’t that problematic, but his latest video is proving otherwise. Maybe he’s even worse than his problematic brother Jake Paul.

Logan’s latest video, which has been recently deleted, was called “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” and the thumbnail for the video showed a dead man who committed suicide.

The video starts out with a suicide warning and then shows Logan and his friends driving to Aokigahara, which is dubbed the Suicide Forest, where they are going to go camping.

While walking through the forest they found someone who has committed suicide. Logan is freaking out and he and his friends walk closer to the body while filming. They get extremely close and the camera pans up and down the man’s body. They go stand next to the dead body and Logan makes a light joke and laughs. Then he starts freaking out, being loud and disrespectful.

Naturally, people are coming from Logan for how rude and disrespectful this video is. To use a man’s death and suicide for views is beyond insensitive.

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

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

If Logan Paul uses “I wasn’t thinking” as an excuse just remember he took the time to actually take the sd card out of his camera, edit the video, export the video, make a thumbnail WITH THE VICTIM IN IT, and then upload it. He had time to think about what he was doing

— sar (@canalslive) 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

Btw not joking or exaggerating at all! Do NOT seek out the video if you’re at all sensitive to that stuff. It’s very real

— Jacksepticeye (@Jack_Septic_Eye) January 2, 2018

On top of that, he is using Aokigahara and Asia’s mental illness issues as click bait. Aokigahara’s nickname is the Suicide Forest for a reason. Mental illness is not widely talked about or accepted in Asia which attributes to the high suicide rates. Logan uses that to his advantage for views and doesn’t once talk about the history of Aokigahara.

truly sickened by how logan paul would travel to an east asian country to exploit those who suffer from mental illness. many asians suffer from high suicide-rates due to mental illness not being taken seriously in east asia. clearly, logan paul doesn't take it seriously either. https://t.co/33SotEdxEL

— nerdy (@nerdyasians) January 2, 2018

We gotta start calling the "suicide forest" by its name, Aokigahara. It's located in Japan which has the highest suicide rate in the world.

Mental illness is viewed with huge shame there, leading ppl to not seek help. It's not a joke to be exploited by an American vlogger.

— nerdy (@nerdyasians) January 2, 2018

even if that piece of shit youtuber didn't find a dead body in his video, camping out in aokigahara as some kind of "spooky" adventure is extremely exoticizing and disrespectful. japan isn't a wacky playground for your racist curiosities. fuck off with that shit forever.

— Chloi (@_chloi) January 2, 2018

Logan apologized for the video after he deleted it. His apology could have been a lot better. He says that he is human who makes mistakes and wanted to spread suicide awareness. But the only thing that was made aware was that Logan is insensitive and will do anything, like use someone’s death for views.

He then says he makes a “15 minutes 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.”

Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg

— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018

His fans are defending him to a certain capacity saying that laughter is a coping mechanism. But the reality is that he uploaded a video of a man who committed suicide and exploited his death for views. Even if he didn’t monetize the video there is no denying that he is using this video for attention. It’s beyond heartless.

At the end of the video, he says his reason for posting it is because he’s a vlogger. He documents his life and because this happened to him he gives himself permission to share it.

An extremely dangerous narcissistic response. Never mentions the victim, the family, suicide prevention, mental health, or any signs of general remorse. Just a bunch of “I” and “me”. This is an apology on aspects that affect him and him alone. Absolutely heartbreaking. https://t.co/eZ1TbiT4w0

— Father Mac (@Machaizelli) January 2, 2018

If Logan actually wanted to spread suicide awareness and not just ostracize a man’s death for YouTube views he wouldn’t have shown any of the footage of the man and instead talked about mental illness and suicide. But none of that happened and he didn’t even provide suicide hotline or resources in this video.

If you watched the Logan Paul video and it made you feel uncomfortable, here are some hotlines to call that will help:

Suicide Prevention Hotline
800-273-8255

Depression Hotline: 1-888-640-5174

Self Harm Hotline: 1-877-455-0628

Mental Health Hotline
866-677-5924

— Matt || TLJ spoilers (@adoringajlee) January 2, 2018

Needless to say, I think Logan Paul is canceled along with his brother Jake. People are demanding his YouTube channel be taken down and are upset that YouTube didn’t initially block or take down the content.


Update

YouTube has released an official statement about the video and Logan has issued another apology.

In YouTube’s statement, they pay their respects to the person and their family and state, “YouTube prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner.If a video is graphic, it can only remain on the site when supported by appropriate educational or documentary information and in some cases it will be age-gated.”

In Logan’s second apology, which was a video, he was more apologetic. Logan is clearly emotional and apologizes to his fans, viewers, people with mental illness and the victim and his family. He also asks his fans to not try and defend his actions because they were indefensless.

So sorry. pic.twitter.com/JkYXzYsrLX

— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018

The apology seems sincere, but it took almost two full days for a sincere apology to arise.

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