This blog is something different to what I usually write about, however I personally felt the need to address the issue. Just a short peice of my thoughts on this subject. Before anyone thinks to mention that I’m ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ please understand the issues in this article hit close to home, which is why I’ve decided to express my feelings.
I’ve you are sensitive to mature topics please do not read ahead.
I am shocked, disgusted and outraged.
I’m guessing by now most of the general public are aware of a certain video that was uploaded to youtube on December 31st 2017, by none other than Logan Paul.
Personally I can’t stand the guy, his content, his personality or just his general being.
But when he uploaded that video he crossed a major line.
If your not aware of the video I’m referring to it Logan Pauls video titled ‘We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest’.
Logan recently took a trip to Japan and while there had a visit to Aokigahara forest, beautiful scenery within Japan however its also known as Japan’s suicide forest….its known this for good reason.
Now don’t get me wrong many youtubers have vloged within Aokigahara including some of my favourites, including Akidearest and Joey the Anime Man.
However in Logan Pauls video he and his cronies stumble apon as the title suggests a suicide victims body.
Now instead of doing the decent humane thing of turning the camara off and calling the authorities Logan continues to keep filming!!!. Not only vloging his disgusting reaction of laughing and cracking inappropriate jokes but also close up shots of the deceased body hanging from a tree.
What is wrong with this guy, suicide is not a joke and to use this content to get views is beyond disrespectful , I honestly can’t fathom what was running through is mind when he upload it.
I’ve seen comments of people defending him saying ‘he blurred out the face so it’s not all bad’
WHAT!!?? Are you kidding me, this man, this poor victim, is someone’s family, someone’s loved one and to have the audasity to capture someone’s last moment for views is disgusting and disrespectful.
Logan, your main audience ages between 7 – 15 year olds, these children look up to you, my OWN daughter has seen most of your content and to upload THIS knowing full well who your audience is!!!!
The video has now been taken down and Logan Paul released an apology via twitter.
Logan claims that the intent of the video had been to “raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention.” “I didn’t do it for views. I get views,” he wrote, stating the popularity of his channel. “I’m often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have & with great power comes great responsiblity… for the first time in my life I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won’t happen again.”
Regardless of this ‘apology’ it dosent excuse the fact that he exploited this man’s death, he exposed his many fans to this horrendous event, I for one am shocked, I’m disgusted, I’m outraged.
Please understand everyone suicide is not a joke, mental health is real.
If you or someone you know needs help please talk to someone.
If you need to talk to someone, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.