Logan Paul has 15 million subscribers to his YouTube channel and has another 3.9 followers on Twitter. He took a trip to japan with some of his friends and they decided to visit the “Suicide Forest.” Paul claims they went there for the haunted aspect of the forest, but when they left the trail, they happened upon a body hanging from a tree and they started videotaping it. He did put the face out of focus so you could not tell who the man was and he and his friends discussed the fact that suicide is not the answer. In the video, Paul says, “Suicide is not a joke. Depression and mental illnesses are not a joke. We came here with an intent to focus on the ‘haunted’ aspect of the forest.” Paul also included the information for contacting the American Society for Suicide Prevention.
His followers began sending him sharp criticisms of his video and tried to shame him after the video received more than six million views. Paul is 22 and his success has probably prevented him from maturing the way young people normally do. He issued an apology and took the blame for being insensitive. He claimed he didn’t do it for the hits because he always gets hits but that he didn’t stop to think about the repercussions.
Twitter went off on Paul
@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
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
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
Here is Paul’s apology:
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
That didn’t seem to satisfy anyone and he got more nasty tweets about his apology:
logan paul exploiting a suicide victim in Japan to the tune of 6M+ views while youtube demonetizes students protesting in Iran is a perfect example of what a sociopathic garbage fire youtube has become. this industry has no soul left.
— Laci Green (@gogreen18) January 2, 2018
Please stop tweeting about logan paul and jake paul, stop watching their videos to leave a hate comment & stop disliking their videos. Good or bad, publicity is still publicity and it’s embarrassing to work for a website where they’re the biggest stars. Talk about something else.
— Adelaine M♡RIN (@AdelaineMorin) January 2, 2018
Logan Paul’s apology letter amounts to:
– I didn’t do it for success I’m successful already
– I laughed at that dead body and zoomed in to raise awareness
– I make too many videos to think about what I upload
He’s not sorry about his insensitivity. He’s sorry he got called out.
— Eunnie (@eunnieverse) January 2, 2018
logan paul did not spread awareness. logan paul filmed a man who hung himself for his own personal gain. logan paul stood next to a suicide victim and laughed. logan paul showed millions of CHILDREN a dead body. logan paul exploited a victim of suicide.
— em (@CurlyDucks) January 2, 2018
Logan Paul filmed a dead body hanging in the woods & this is who kids are watching? Do u understand how damaging that is for the people involved with the person who died, or for anyone who’s dealing with the same thing, this isn’t how u teach people anout mental health or suicide
— 🤘🏼✨🦄😇🌈💕 (@oshimakesmusic) January 2, 2018
I don’t condone what he did at all but I would hate to be taken to the woodshed for every stupid thing I ever did and I’ll bet you would, too. The real test is whether he cleans up his act or continues doing stupid things.