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YouTuber Logan Paul Films And Mocks Japanese Suicide Victim

Otter Lee January 2, 2018 January 2nd, 2018

Internet personality, viral video maker, and star of the lukewarm YouTube movie The Thinning Logan Paul unleashed intense backlash yesterday after posting a video where he appears to stumble on a Japanese suicide victim’s body and make light of the horrific situation. The video was recorded in Aokigahara, the forest at the base of Mt. Fuji that has become infamous for its high rates of suicide.

Paul and friends entered the forest to highlight its “haunted aspects.” The 15 minute video was part of a wider series of vlogs focusing on their Japanese vacation.

Upon stumbling upon the body of a hanging suicide victim in the forest, a member of Paul’s team can be heard expressing discomfort. Paul retorted by asking, “What, you never stand next to a dead guy?” Paul could also be heard saying to the body: “Yo, are you alive? Are you f–king with us?”

The video which has since been deleted, featured the victim’s body extensively despite blurring out the face.

The backlash was swift and unforgiving, with both loved ones of those who have been lost to suicide and celebrities expressing their disgust and outrage.

Paul tried to run damage control by writing an apology and posting both it and another video, but it was too late and too far for most netizens.

Phrases like “I’ve never faced criticism like this before,” “I didn’t do it for views. I get views,” and “I’m often reminded of how big a reach I truly have” definitely didn’t help him come off any less awful or attention-grabbing.

Others saw his claims that he was having a spur-of-the-moment reaction or that he might have been trying to raise awareness on the issues of mental health as disingenuous because he had to take time to film the moment, poke humor at it constantly, kept filming after what he saw, then took the the time to edit and post the video without ever thinking “maybe I should not do this” or “maybe this is not okay.”

Many also condemned him for his choice to monetize the actual YouTube video of the apology by making money off ads on it.

People were also quick to drag his supporters or fans (many of them young) for expecting the world to condone and forgive his actions as fast as they could.

As seen in several translated responses, Japanese netizens were not willing to forgive or forget either.

For Paul, who enjoys millions of subscribers and followers on his social media accounts and money from merchandise, this was evidently the first time he realized that he can’t actually do or say whatever he wants.

Many others were disgusted and appalled, but not surprised that someone so vapid and self-serving would stoop to such a stunt.