The celebrity YouTuber Logan Paul has caused an outrage after posting a video showing a dead body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan.Logan Paul who has 15 million subscribers on YouTube was labeled as “disrespectful” and “disgusting” after he joked with his friends about the dead body in Aokigahara forest, which is known to be a site of suicides.The video was uploaded on Sunday and received millions of views on YouTube before it was taken down.
Japan has one of the highest rates of suicides in the developed world.Aokigahara forest has a tragic reputation in Japan and internationally for the people who want to kill themselves.Data on the number of suicides in the Aokigahara forest are not made public in order to prevent the attention of people towards the site.
Logan Paul uploaded a 15-minute video in which he and his friends visit the forest to focus on the “haunted” aspect of the place, as stated by him.After walking a short distance into the forest the group comes across a body.Logan Paul shows the body from several angles in this video, where only the face is blurred out.A member of the group is heard remarking that he “doesn’t feel good”, to which Logan Paul replies“What, you never stand next to a dead guy?”, after which he starts laughing.The identity of the deceased man is still not known.
This exchange between Logan Paul and his friends and the decision to upload images of the victim has led to a wave of criticism online.Several actors and YouTube personalities have tweeted regarding this action of Logan Paul. The breaking bad actor Aaron Paul tweeted the following:-
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
The most subscribed YouTuber PewDiePie also tweeted regarding this action and stated:-
Later Logan Paul posted an apology on his Twitter page in which he states that “I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong.” he goes on to say that he wanted to “make a positive ripple on the internet not cause a monsoon of negativity”, by raising awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
He also stated that he didn’t post the video for views and that he just got caught up in the moment while making the video.