“We Found a Dead Body”—Logan Paul Apologizes After Publishing Vlog Showing Suicide Victim

Logan Paul claims he decided to post the video to “raise mental health awareness.” His laughing an jokes suggest otherwise.

“We Found a Dead Body in Japan’s Suicide Forest.” That was the title of the most recent video from YouTube Celebrity, Logan Paul.

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The 22-year-old internet sensation whose primary audience is 10-15 year olds, posted a video on Sunday showing what appears to be a body hanging from a tree in a Japanese forest.

Paul and his friends were reportedly filming a vlog in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, a notorious suicide spot, when they came across the body of a man who had died by suicide.

The video, which was viewed millions of times before Paul removed it on Monday, shows the man’s body from multiple angles, and blurs his face.

As they walked up on the lifeless body with cameras rolling, one member of Paul’s crew can be heard saying that he “doesn’t feel good.” To which the YouTuber responds with laughter saying, “What, you never stand next to a dead guy?”

After turning the heavy circumstance into a disgusting joking matter, Paul later made the decision to put the footage of the victim on full display to his young audience, with no regard to the fact that the man in that forest was a person and a victim, not an opportunity for the YouTuber to capitalize on.

Outraged by Paul’s actions, the internet joined forces in serving up a twitter-storm of criticism and backlash.

After coming under intense fire, Paul took to Twitter with a seemingly apathetic apology that many found to be more self-seeking than it was remorseful.

He also claimed that his motives in posting the vlog were to “raise awareness about mental health,” not get views.

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Let’s just say the internet still wasn’t impressed.

Many tweeted the suicide hotline and prevention information, while others called on the social media star to do something REAL to raise awareness about mental health and suicide.

On Tuesday morning, Paul took to Twitter once again with a video apology to express his sincerity.

The Aokigahara forest is located at the base of Mt. Fuji, and known widely across Japan as the “suicide forest.” In a country where the suicide rate is among the highest, the forest is plastered with signs urging suicidal visitors to seek help.

As for Logan Paul and his highly impressionable fan-base, my prayer today is that the conversation would focus less on his crude, intolerable mistake, and more on how we can change the way we talk about mental health and suicide in 2018.

Bri Lamm
Bri is an outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure. She lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese in between capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras.

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