YouTube star Logan Paul was blasted for an insensitive New Yr’s Eve video that included footage of a suicide sufferer.
The 22-year-old vlogger posted a 15-minute video from Japan’s Aokigahara forest, often called the “Suicide Forest” for the variety of suicides tried and dedicated there.
About six minutes into the video, Paul and his crew got here throughout the physique of a younger man who appeared to have hung himself from a tree.
“That is essentially the most actual vlog I’ve ever posted on this channel,” Paul mentioned within the video. “I feel this undoubtedly marks a second in YouTube historical past.”
Paul then proceeded to movie nearer to the physique earlier than apologizing to viewers for what was “speculated to be a enjoyable vlog.”
He additionally mentioned that the video was speculated to deal with the supernatural points of the Suicide Forest, not the suicides.
Paul ended the video by urging viewers to hunt assist if they’re considering suicide.
However backlash hit virtually instantly from individuals who blasted the YouTube star for filming the physique.
“How dare you! You disgust me. I can not imagine that so many younger folks look as much as you. So unhappy,” “Breaking Unhealthy” alum Aaron Paul tweeted. “Hopefully this newest video woke them up. You’re pure trash. Plain and easy. Suicide is just not a joke. Go rot in hell.”
“The quantity of non-public + social unawareness Logan Paul has displayed in THAT video is thoughts blowing to me,” tweeted Rebecca Black. “How may one w such energy and affect have the audacity to place one thing so inconsiderate on-line? You may have probably intensified a whole household’s grief past measure.”
“You’re an fool. You’re not elevating consciousness. You’re mocking. I can’t imagine how self-praising your “apology” is. You don’t deserve the success (views) you’ve gotten,” tweeted “Recreation of Thrones” star Sophie Turner. “I pray to God you by no means must expertise something like that man did.”
Paul erased the video and apologized Monday evening.
“It is a first for me. I’ve by no means confronted criticism like this earlier than, b ecause I’ve by no means made a mistake like this earlier than. I’m surrounded by good folks and imagine I make good selections, however I’m nonetheless a human being. I will be incorrect,” he wrote.
“I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it as a result of I believed I may make a optimistic ripple on the web, not trigger a monsoon of negativity. That’s by no means the intention. I meant to lift consciousness for suicide and suicide prevention and whereas I believed ‘if this video saves simply ONE life, it’ll be price it,’ I used to be misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed within the video. I nonetheless am.”