Logan Paul Did What? 13

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Alyssa Manson

Logan Paul is facing the fallout after posting a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan and is facing a flood of criticism after filming footage of the Japanese forest that has become known for suicides. During their walk around the forest, they found a body hanging from a tree that is a victim of an apparent suicide. He posted the footage online of the body with the face blurred and received an instant backlash. Youtube has cracked down on the disturbing content and says Wednesday it is removing popular American vlogger Logan Paul from its Google Preferred platform and putting future projects with him on hold, due to a violation of policies.

“In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred. Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season 4 of ‘Foursome’ and his new series ‘Originals’ are on hold,” Alphabet Inc. said in a statement about the video. Some say Paul should be banned from Youtube. Aaron Paul (no relation) tweeted “How dare you! You disgust me. I can’t believe so many young people look up to you.”

Youtube star Logan Paul apologized for apparent suicide victim and created a Youtube video titled “So Sorry” last week. He expressed remorse for posting the video that showed him and his friends laughing about the body they filmed hanging on a tree in Japan’s Mount Fiji. Paul took down the video of the footage after it was seen by millions and initially said it was meant to raise awareness about suicide. Mental health advocates say such images could actually be harmful. “Somebody watched the video and is experiencing distress, and this could escalate and if they are going through a difficult time, they should reach out for help,” states Kimberly Williams from the Mental Health Associations of NYC CEO.

YouTube claimed in an open letter on Tuesday that it was “upset by the video that was shared last week,” saying that, “suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views.” Youtube prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational, or disrespectful manner. Paul states in his “So Sorry” video, “I am sorry, and I promise to be better. I am disappointed in myself.”

Paul, 22, is one of YouTube’s top content creators, regularly drawing millions of views from his mainly youth-orientated audience. Logan also had projects in the works with YouTube’s premium subscription service, YouTube Red, and appeared on the platform’s web series, “Foursome.”

Paul said he made a “huge mistake” and was ashamed of himself. He deleted the video shortly after posting it, due to the backlash he received. The company said that Logan’s video violated the guidelines and was looking at “further consequences.”

Youtube recently shared these tweets responding to the backlash of Paul’s video.

@YouTube
Replying to @YouTube
We expect more of the creators who build their community on @YouTube, as we’re sure you do too. The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences.

YouTube
@YouTube
It’s taken us a long time to respond, but we’ve been listening to everything you’ve been saying. We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.

Paul has not posted any videos in the past week, saying he was “taking time to reflect.” His channel, Logan Paul Vlogs which has more than 15 million subscribers, is still active on Youtube.

Remember, help is always available. If you are feeling depressed or going through a hard time, talk to a trusted adult. If you are feeling suicidal and think nobody is there for you– If you think help is not an option and you can not open up to your parents, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 which is available 24 hours a day. You can have an anonymous chat with them or call and they will talk to you if you feel no one else is there for you.

Suicide is never an option. Many, many people are depending on you and love you.

13 comments

  1. Some of you think that Logan is unforgivable after what he’s done. But in my defense, he did nothing wrong. Logan was shocked when he saw the guy’s body. He had absolutely no bad intentions, he didn’t go there to mock the dead person or anything like that. Logan knows that suicide isn’t a joke. Yes, he did make a huge mistake by uploading it, but that’s inevitable when you vlog for more than a year, straight. We shouldn’t witch hunt him over one tiny mistake, that’s just being petty. Some of you probably think he’s a bad person… and you’re wrong! Logan is a good person, he preaches happiness and living life to the fullest in every single of his videos! Logan already issued an apology, we should just forgive him.

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    • You shouldn’t say he didn’t do anything wrong, because I’m pretty sure we can all agree what he did was abysmal. You should be more considerate though. Think about how that guy’s family would have felt. Above all, he should of cut out the body or at least censor it, but he didn’t.

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      • Andy the cool + nerdy 8th grader who has 2nd lunch M-Th, 1st lunch Friday but really wanted to have 2nd lunch every day says:

        should’ve

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    • you may think logan paul did nothing wrong even though he clearly went into thr “Suicide forest” (hence the word “suicide” in it) and purposely filmed a body of someone who passed away… how could he act shocked that he found a body and filmed it ??? its almost like he wanted to find someone’s body !?!? (yes… he wanted to find a body and film it ) Also.. have you not seen his other vlogs? im not asking this as if everyone keeps up with logan paul but im asking this because his actions in japan were problematic as a WHOLE. he may preach happiness but if a grown adult os acting like a child and shoving fish parts and tentacles in people’s faces as well as mocking japanese people and treating everything like “anime” or a playground, then shouldnt he know when to stop ??? where is his line of boundary for happiness… maybe thats bad wording but i meant to say he should know that his actions can come at the expense of other people’s happiness or comfort. watch a video on how much disrespect he showed towards japanese culture and people, it wasnt just the suicide forest

      alao just in case dont reply on my grammar and punctuation… im aware and purposely writing like this .. and also good english doesnt make you superior

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  2. Hi, :P,
    I did not have any intentions in this article to put shade on Logan, or to “witch hunt him.” I was more or less just stating facts I found based off of articles, or what YouTube has done about it. This article had absolutely no intention to make him look bad and I’m sorry if you took it that way. I never said he was unforgivable; surely after his apology people will begin to sympathize. I do hear you out, though he did not do absolutely nothing wrong. Him and his vlog cast were laughing at the body and making it a bit of a joke, I know he knows it isn’t a joke, it might’ve been different intentions in his point of view but many found it disturbing. Sorry if this article came off as petty to you. I’m sure Paul is a great person and I am not witch hunting him, or dissing him, I’m just explaining what happened and the consequences. But not everybody can just forgive him. I respect your opinion on thinking he is a good person which I’m sure he is, but some may disagree. Me for example, I think everyone makes mistakes, so I’m not judging. It morally depends on your situation, I hope this cleared things up. Have an awesome day!

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  3. Yea he shouldn’t get as much backlash as he did, but you need to understand how disrespectful it is to the person and their family. In addition, while Logan was in Japan, he committed more than 4 crimes and is now banned.

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    • Andy the cool + nerdy 8th grader who has 2nd lunch M-Th, 1st lunch Friday but really wanted to have 2nd lunch every day says:

      True, he thought that Japan is his playground, and did whatever he wanted with it. You should always research what the country is like before you go there so you don’t commit accidental crimes.

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