In another case of someone who definitely should not be getting paid to make content, popular YouTube vlogger Logan Paul has found himself on the receiving end of criticism from rational, civilized human beings after a video from his trip to Japan.
The 22-year-old who has over 15 million subscribers is getting deservedly harsh feedback over a clip he posted from Aokigahara forest, locally nicknamed, "Suicide Forest" at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The moniker refers to the fact that the forest is a popular site for troubled people to take their own lives. Of course, American asshole Paul thought it would be appropriate to camp out there with his friends and vlog the experience to upload for his largely underaged viewers to see.
His since-deleted video was titled "We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest" and included actual footage of the corpse of a man who had hanged himself in the forest. Paul and company were seen laughing and joking through the whole experience, with Paul reportedly saying things like, “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!” Also: "Yo, are you alive? Are you fucking with us?"
In the aftermath of uploading the video to YouTube, he appeared to change his tone.
Paul posted an "apology" to his Twitter account, stating that the video was intended to "make a positive ripple on the internet." Not sure where he got the idea that making a joke out of suicide would have any positive outcomes, but on the plus side, he's now getting dragged to pieces by just about everyone on the internet.
Even fellow Youtuber of questionable moral character Pewdiepie had some snarky words for Paul.
Paul issued a second apology shortly after the first. This time, he addressed followers directly in a video posted to Twitter as well as his YouTube channel:
However genuine he may sound, it doesn't negate the fact that he had plenty of time to realize posting the initial video would be wildly insensitive and possibly detrimental to his young audience. Many people have suggested that instead of some teary-eyed video to save face, Paul should donate all ad revenue from the video to suicide prevention and mental health charities. There's no indication from Paul yet as to if he will take this suggestion, but hopefully he gets the massive hint and stays silent for a long-ass time.
Another YouTuber, Philip DeFranco has since posted a message allegedly coming directly from a contact at YouTube regarding Paul's video.