By Briana Hood
Logan Paul is a very famous Youtuber and actor. He got the start to his career on the former app Vine (RIP). After Vine was discontinued, Logan continued his career on his Youtube channel “Logan Paul Vlogs.” With over 15 million subscribers, his Youtube channel and young viewing audience, helped his career skyrocket.
Recently, Logan and his gang of friends visited the Aokigahara Forest in Japan, also known as the “suicide forest.” The Aokigahara Forest is mostly known for people who travel there to commit suicide. In a video, Logan was recording himself and his friends walking around the forest when they found a dead body hanging in the tree. Sadly, the video didn’t end here. Logan proceeded to get closer to the body in the video, while in the background you can hear his friends laughing and talking. Once they felt like they were in a close enough distance of the body, he decided to blur the person’s face out but he and his friends continued to crack jokes about this awful situation. Later in the video, Logan did start talking about the importance of suicide prevention and urged his fans if they are feeling suicidal, they need to talk to someone about getting help.
I just can’t look beyond many issues from the video.
First, who in their right mind would record a dead body for a youtube video.
Secondly, I understand that people cope with different things in different ways but why would you keep that part of you and your friends laughing at this very sad situation. Edit it out.
The third and final point is that Logan Paul’s fanbase ranges from kids 8-14 years old and he knows that. Why not think about this and say “maybe I shouldn’t post this in a video that a lot of my younger viewers will see.”
In the backlash of all this, Logan took down the video.
A few days after the video was taken down, Logan put out an apology on Twitter. In one part of his first apology he states, “I didn’t do it for the views. I get views. I thought it would make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.”
Bragging about his views in his apology doesn’t look very good for him at all.
He also says, “That was never the intention. I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought ‘if this video saves just ONE life, it’ll be worth it.’
Maybe he had good intentions but he just went about it in the wrong way.
In the past few weeks since this incident, Youtube has put out an apology for not flagging the video and taking it down.
It seems like Logan has now taken a break from all of his social media accounts and his vlogging channel.
Some may argue that it was his first amendment right to post the video. I disagree. Like it or not, he is a role model to young viewers. Drinking Saki afterwards and his reaction leaves a poor taste in my mouth. I am sure he will come back from his “break” as popular as ever.
I hope he learned from this mistake.