YouTube star Logan Paul faced backlash after posting video from Japan’s Suicide Forest that included footage of a dead body.
The 22-year-old vlogger posted a 15-minute video from Japan’s Aokigahara forest, known as the “Suicide Forest” for the number of suicides attempted and committed there.
About six minutes into the video, Paul and his crew came across the body of a young man who appeared to have hung himself from a tree.
Paul then proceeded to film closer to the body before apologizing to viewers for what was “supposed to be a fun vlog.”
He also said that the video was supposed to focus on the supernatural aspects of the Suicide Forest, not the suicides.
Paul ended the video by urging viewers to seek help if they are contemplating suicide.
But backlash hit almost immediately from people who blasted the YouTube star for filming the body.
Paul erased the video and apologized Monday night.
He writes: “This is a first for me. I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before. I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong."
“I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. That’s never the intention. I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought ‘if this video saves just ONE life, it’ll be worth it,’ I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video. I still am.” LINK
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018