So far 2018 has certainly started nicely, hasn’t it? If by nicely, you mean Logan Paul filming a dead body in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, then yes, it’s started out really fantastic on YouTube.
In all seriousness though, it always seems as the Paul brothers are always under fire for something. This time, outrage over Logan Paul’s vlog of Aokigahara Forest, known to be a frequent location of suicides. In the video, Logan (wearing a ridiculous Toy Story hat) and the gang visit the infamous Japanese forest whilst on a trip to focus on the “haunted” aspect of the woods. However, they soon come across the body of a suicide victim, and while shocked at first, Logan later makes a joke about it.
Logan Paul is at first shocked, then reflects how it feels for himself in seeing the hanging body, but then later jokes, when a member of the group is heard saying “doesn’t feel good”, responding with “what, you never stand next to a dead guy?”
Though the face of the victim is blurred, the body had been shown as they approached it, from quite close. Many people have described the video as “disrespectful” and “disgusting”. The video was uploaded on Sunday and had millions of views, but has now been removed and Logan has since apologised. But why anyone would upload footage of a suicide victim’s body onto YouTube in the first place is way beyond us, but we can only say it’s down to his obviously low IQ.
He was quickly called out for the horrific video, and while some claimed he was doing it to “raise awareness” (because joking about such a sensitive subject is totally raising awareness), most were outraged. Even after his public apology, the backlash continued.
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
The worst part is Logan Paul’s cult fan base is little children. Who just watched their idol laugh and joke as someone ended their life. Garbage person.
— Francis Maxwell (@francismmaxwell) 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
However, some have insisted he should be forgiven for his actions, saying that it was a mistake. Another Tweeted: “You still are the best out there and always will be” followed by #Logan_you_are_forgiven.
A petition has recently been made on Change.org which currently holds over 100,000 signatures (and counting) for YouTube to delete Logan Paul’s account. The user who created the petition, wrote:
“Logan Paul has gotten away with a lot of stuff. He took it way to far this time.”
“It’s not about YOU, Logan Paul. A man who had family and friends chose to end his life, and you chose to share his death to your millions of followers without thinking about how his family/friends felt? It’s disgusting and shouldn’t be tolerated. But with the power of the Internet I think we can get rid of this scumbag once and for all, with your help of signing this petition it could lead to deleting his entire channel!”
Do you think this was all just a mistake or a serious lack of judgement, or does Logan Paul really deserve his channel to be taken down? Let us know in the comments section down below after you watch the deleted video (without the suicide victim), underneath… Shocking!
<Story by Emily Clark>
Featured Photo Credit: The Ringer
If you want to sign the Petition, click here.