YouTuber Logan Paul Apologized For Filming An Insensitive Video Showing A Suicide Victim

On Monday,  Logan Paul, a popular YouTuber with over 15 million subscribers on his vlog channel, posted a video featuring the Japanese forest Aokigahara, more commonly known as the “Suicide Forest.” The video showed the YouTuber walking around the forest, finding the body of an individual who hanged himself (with the face blurred out) and making comments about both the deceased and the situation he and his group found themselves in.

He states that “Depression and mental illnesses is not a joke. We came here with the intent to focus on the haunted aspect of the forest. This just became very real.”

As the group becomes more uncomfortable he laughs and says “What, you never stand next to a dead guy?” After posting the video online for a few hours, he received a storm of objections and outcries from internet influencers and celebrities online.

 

 

For those who do not know the history or cultural significance of Aokigahara, the forest sits at the base of Mt. Fuji and is populated with a high density of trees, thus it’s nickname “Sea of Trees,” and little to no wildlife. It has long been thought of as “haunted” because of its quiet stillness. It has also been dubbed the “Suicide Forest” for the number of suicides that were reported and rumored to happen within the forest. The trend peaked in 2004 with 108 suicides. Many tourists visit every year hoping to experience the haunted aspects of the forest. Paul found and posted something more than just ghosts.

The YouTuber and his group were visibly shaken up in the video after finding the body. In an attempt to lighten the mood, they did shots of sake in the parking lot. Paul cracked a few jokes, and then stated that comedy was his coping mechanism for such events. He later urged two other tourists of the forest, including a small child, to "not go over there."

After the video began receiving severe backlash online, Paul removed the video from his YouTube account. Many were angry about his clear intention of using this victim of suicide as clickbait to gain more views on his video and channel.

Many were also very angry about his glib joke in the video.

Later on, he tweeted an apology.

 

But this apology was not received well.

 

 

 

 

After the protests his first apology received, he tweeted a video apology on Tuesday (Jan 2). 

Paul's team has yet to comment.

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