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Over the weekend, Popular YouTuber Logan Paul, with 15 million subscribers, uploaded a video of him and a few friends visiting the “Suicide Forest” in Japan and finding the dead body of a man who had committed suicide by hanging, earlier that day. The video has since been removed from YouTube, and Logan Paul has released a written apology on Twitter and a video apology on Tuesday.  He posted a second video on twitter on Wednesday after days of constant scrutiny and criticism.

The Aokigahara (青木ヶ原) Forest got its nickname “Suicide Forest” because of the unfortunately high number of suicides that take place there each year. At the entrance to the forest, there are encouraging signs, stating that “you are important” and that “life is a precious gift.” The forest has the historical reputation of containing ghosts of the dead that have become lost in the forest. The ghosts are said to play tricks on those that enter.

To me and to others, it is obvious that Logan Paul knew that this was sensitive footage that he was releasing but decided to put it up on YouTube anyway for the views and publicity. Although he states at the beginning of the video that he decided not to monetize the video, it still brought a lot of attention to his channel. Many content creators that are part of Paul’s YouTube community have reacted to the video and are disappointed and disgusted by his decision to post a video such as this online. One thing that confuses me is that YouTube.com claims to review all of the videos that are on the site prior to them being posted, but they allowed this video featuring a hanging dead body to stay on the site for a full day before being taken down.

In his written apology, Paul defended himself in a very selfish manner, not mention the family of the suicide victim that he filmed or the victim. He started out with “Dear Internet” and then attached the following photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not many people, including me, believed that the apology was sincere. To me, it looks like he was trying to make the situation all about himself and the fact that ended the apology with “Peace” shows just how insincere he really is. The following apology video still fails to include an apology to the family of the victim.

A few influential actors, content creators, etc. took to Twitter to show their disapproval of the way that Paul handled the situation.

You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.”

— Anna Akana - filmaker and actress

Filming a video and mocking a victim is not raising suicide awareness. laughing at a body of a poor depressed soul. I can’t believe the disrespect towards the victim, their family and you YOUNG fans. You are, there’s no excuse.”

— Grayson Dolan - YouTube personality

How dare you! You disgust me. I can’t believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad. Hopefully the latest video woke them up. You are pure trash. Plain and simple. suicide is not a joke.”

— Aaron Paul (no relation) - Actor

 

Recently, YouTube has responded to the conversation surrounding Logan Paul continuing on YouTube in an open letter stating:

“Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently. You’re right to be. You deserve to know what’s going on.

Like many others, we were upset by the video that was shared last week. Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views.

As Anna Akana put it perfectly: “That body was a person someone loved…

We expect more of the creators who build their community on YouTube, as we’re sure you do too. The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences.

It’s taken us a long time to respond, but we’ve been listening to everything you’ve been saying. We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.”

It was also said that his YouTube Red series will be put on hold.

This response was met with praise and happiness from many, but to me it was a little unprofessional sounding and did not achieve the level of punishment that I would like to see.

 

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