YouTube star apologizes for video showing dead body in Japan’s ‘suicide forest’
Over the weekend, YouTube star Logan Paul posted a video to his channel that boasts 15.2 million followers titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” in a series of vlogs related to his travels in Japan.
The controversial video showed the dead body of someone who had reportedly committed suicide that day, with his face blurred, followed by commentary by Paul such as, “Yo, are you alive?”.
This created a negative reaction among his fan community and beyond and despite Paul calling this vlog “the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel”, it was subsequently deleted on Monday night.
The YouTube star took to Twitter immediately to issue an apology, that his fans were quick to criticize. Paul tweeted:
While the video reportedly received more than 6 million views in less than a day, his fans expressed their upset over social media. Paul stated that “I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before.”
However, many fans believe the damage has been done and condemn Paul for ‘glamorizing suicide’ and are demanding that he be removed from YouTube completely.
The YouTuber continued to try to clear the air in his tweet, posting “I love everyone. I believe in people. I'm out here. Peace. #Logang4Life.”