YouTube vlogger Logan Paul has continuously been on an apology tour following the general criticism of the video of a dead body which he posted on YouTube towards the end of 2017. While on an interview today, the 22-year-old said that he posted the video from Aokigahara forest with a precise objective. He said:
“The idea was to shock and show the harsh realities of suicide and get people talking about something that I don’t think people are talking about much.”
Logan’s video, which he removed from YouTube after an almost immediate hostile response, displayed the vlogger walking into the forest with some of his mates to do another “fun vlog” as he called it after which they camped for the night to “make an entertaining piece of content in a forest.” He stated that as soon as they entered the forest, just about a hundred feet from the parking lot, he and his friends stumbled upon the dead body of a man who happened to have only just hung himself. Included in the censure of the video is the reaction of Logan Paul as he was making jokes and struggling to suppress laughter, and also the clear disregard for the somber legacy of the forest.
Logan Paul said that ever since he posted the video, he has received a couple of comments from people proposing that he should commit suicide. He said that, “Millions of people, literally, telling me they hate me, to go die in a fire.” “It’s the most horrible, horrific things.” However, he admits that most of the reproach has been fair, counting YouTube dropping quite a lot of his projects and removing him from its Google Preferred ad program. He says, “I understand that they needed to take a stance.”
After Logan Paul apologized and had taken a break from posting, he went on the internet on the 24th of January with a video called “Suicide: Be Here Tomorrow.” The video is essentially a PSA for people contemplating suicide and also comprises brief interviews with professionals and a man who tried to commit suicide himself. Apart from committing to donate $1 million to suicide prevention, he vowed to educate himself better on suicide its prevention. He said, “I believe it happened for a reason. I think that reason is so I could take this experience, learn from it, spread the message the right way about suicide prevention and suicide prevention awareness.”
The vlogger added that he believes parents ought to study what their kids watch online more and that he didn’t mean to be spiteful.