YouTuber Logan Paul Under Fire For Filming Dead Body

Delia Watkins
January 3, 2018

Logan shot the video on a visit to Japan's Aokigahara forest on the slopes of Mount Fuji, that is known for its high number of suicides. In addition to filming a seemingly dead body hanging from a tree, Paul calls out to it.

Online commenters described the video as "sickening", with many saying they would no longer allow their children to watch Paul's videos. Paul released an apologetic statement last night, but that only made things worse since it came across as tone-deaf and insufficient for a lot of people.

One day later, Paul removed the video and issued an apology on Twitter, writing: "I'm sorry".

Paul asked fans to not defend his actions, and said his goal was to entertain and "push the boundaries" but not to be "heartless, cruel or malicious".

The 22-year-old from OH, who is the older brother of former Disney star Jake Paul, added he "didn't do it for views" saying: "I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. I'm simply here to apologize", Paul said. In the world I live in I share nearly everything I do, the intent is never to be heartless, cruel or malicious. I should have put the cameras down and stopped recording what we were going through.

He then warns viewers that the video is graphic and remarks that he thinks it is "a moment in YouTube history because I'm pretty sure this has never hopefully happened to anyone on YouTube ever".

"I want to apologize to the internet, I want to apologize to anyone who's seen the video, I want to apologize to anyone who has been affected or touched by mental illness or depression or suicide, but most importantly, I want to apologize to the victim and his family", Paul now says.

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"I made a huge mistake, I don't expect to be forgiven". I'm disappointed in myself and I promise to be better.

Some called for Paul to be removed from the platform.

Logan Paul and his younger brother Jake Paul are well-known social media stars among younger audiences, and frequently posts videos of their adventures on YouTube.

The statement added that YouTube prohibits "violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner" and that such content is allowed only "when supported by appropriate educational or documentary information". "We partner with safety groups such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to provide educational resources that are incorporated in our YouTube Safety Center". You're not raising awareness. When success is based on your willingness to publish every thought, however reckless or ill-considered it may be, it's easy to see how you might start to wonder if traditional notions of decency still apply to you-or to forget that they even exist. You're mocking. I can't believe how self-praising your "apology" is. I pray to God you never have to experience anything like that man did.

Even fellow Youtuber of questionable moral character Pewdiepie had some snarky words for Paul.

Laughing, Paul continues, "It was gonna be a joke".

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