American blogger Logan Paul apologizes for YouTube video

Danny Woods
January 2, 2018

American blogger Logan Paul apologized Tuesday after getting slammed for a video he shared on YouTube that appeared to show a body hanging in a Japanese forest known as a suicide spot.

In his apology, Paul said he had faced a "monsoon of negativity" and that his intent with the video had been to "raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention".

Internet personality Logan Paul is facing heavy backlash for a video he uploaded on his Youtube page over the weekend.

According to NY magazine, which saw the original video before it was pulled, the video garnered over 6 million views in the 24 hours since it was published.

Suicide also does not suffer the religious stigma here it does in other cultures.

Although Japan has many suicide-prevention groups, the culture of shame has family members of convicted criminals, people who have racked up massive debt and youngsters bullied at school often turning to suicide.

YouTube star Logan Paul is no stranger to stirring up controversy, but his latest video has viewers furious across the Internet.

He then warns viewers that the video is graphic and remarks that he thinks it is "a moment in YouTube history because I'm pretty sure this has never hopefully happened to anyone on YouTube ever".

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Paul ends the video in a stairwell, once again saying that "suicide is not the answer", and that "being depressed is fine".

CNET has reached out to YouTube for comment.

Paul added: "How dare you!"

And Game of Thrones actor Sophie Turner described Logan as an "idiot" who "doesn't deserve the success he has". You are pure trash. "I pray to God you never have to experience anything like that man did". I can't believe that so many young people look up to you. While there have been a few documentaries on the subject, Paul's video included footage of a dead body.

He said he had wanted to raise awareness about suicide and possibly save lives, and denied his goal was to drive clicks.

In the video, Paul also states that: "Suicide is not a joke, depression, mental illnesses are not a joke". Many view the video as disingenuous and beyond disrespectful that he would showcase this to his channel of 15 million subscribers.

In the vlog, Paul and his entourage are seen preparing to spend a night in the forest, showing off camping gear including "binoculars to see the ghosts" and "a football so we can have fun".

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