Social media users have reacted angrily to a video posted by YouTube star Logan Paul in which he showed the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, nicknamed “Suicide Forest.”
Paul posted the footage to YouTube with the title “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…”
“This is not clickbait. This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel,” Paul says in an intro to the nearly 15-minute video. “I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history because I’m pretty sure this has never hopefully happened to anyone on YouTube ever. Now with that said: Buckle the fuck up, because you’re never gonna see a video like this again!”
The video shows what appears to be a body hanging in the Aokigahara.
Yo, are you alive?” Paul asks. “Are you fucking with us?”
“So, a lot of things are going through my mind. This is a first for me,” Paul tells the camera as he continues to film the body from a few feet away.
“His hands are purple. He did this this morning,” says Paul.
“Oh no, I’m so sorry, Logang,” says Paul. “This was supposed to be a fun vlog.”
Reaction on Twitter has been swift:
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
Logan paul found a person who had taken their own life, filmed the body, put it on youtube, and then issued a public apology that ended with #Logang4Life. Charlie Brooker doesn’t need to write episodes of black mirror anymore because real life is fucking worse.
— Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) January 2, 2018
Logan Paul is an amoral piece of shit who could not be less deserving of his platform. Fuck. If you need help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK.
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 2, 2018
Can not believe the video Logan Paul put up wasn’t flagged and removed immediately. Suicide and Mental health is not click bait. We can do better.
— Christian Navarro (@ChristianLN0821) January 2, 2018
…How long he would have had to sit there looking at that footage of that poor person, and how not once did he think "maybe just MAYBE this is really, really wrong…". The views, publicity and controversy mattered more than the respect he could have shown. x
— Carrie Hope Fletcher (@CarrieHFletcher) January 2, 2018
When my brother found my sister’s body, he screamed with horror & confusion & grief & tried to save her. That body was a person someone loved.
You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.
— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) January 2, 2018
i’m truly sickened by this logan paul situation. i lost my brother to suicide… my brother took his own life by hanging himself… how insensitive and sick can you be to film someone in that state 😔
— mommy (@CorinnaKopf) January 2, 2018
Things that should of been left in 2017: Logan Paul
— Roly (@RolyUnGashaa) January 2, 2018
Suicide is serious. People have lost loved ones, idols, hero’s, fans to suicide. Filming a video and mocking a victim is not raising suicide awareness. Laughing at the body of a poor depressed soul. I can’t believe the disrespect of the victim, their family, and your YOUNG fans.
— Grayson Dolan (@GraysonDolan) January 2, 2018
OUTRAGE OVER YOUTUBE STAR'S VIDEO: Logan Paul apologized after getting slammed for a video he shared on YouTube that appeared to show a suicide victim in a Japanese forest known as a suicide spot. The co-hosts discuss. pic.twitter.com/a2dgIPpIAc
— The View (@TheView) January 2, 2018
Paul has since removed the video, and issued multiple apologies to his fans.
He posted the following statement to his Twitter account, writing in part: “I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before.”
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018