Logan Paul Apologises For Sharing Footage Of A Suicide Victim's Body On YouTube

2 January 2018, 08:40

Logan Paul Apology
Logan Paul Apology. Picture: Other

By Josh Lee

Logan Paul was forced to apologise after uploading a video showing an apparent suicide victim's body to YouTube.

Logan Paul has shared an apology after a video he shared containing footage of a dead body - an apparent victim of suicide - generated huge backlash.

YouTube fans and creators alike condemned Logan for the now-deleted video, while suicide prevention organisations offered support to those who may have been affected by the video.

Soon after the backlash, Logan Paul tweeted an apology.

Claiming that the video, filmed in Japan's Aokigahara (known as "suicide forrest" due to the number of people who take their lives there), was intended to raise awareness, Logan said he was misguided by "shock and awe."

"I didn't do it for views," he insisted.

He continued: "I've made a 15 minute TV show every single day for the past 460+ days. One may understand that it's easy to get caught up in the moment without fully weighing the possibile ramifications."

"I'm often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have & with great power comes great responsibility... for the first time in my life I'm regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly, and it won't happen again," before concluding with a peace-fingers emoji and the hashtag "Logang4Life."

Read Logan Paul's full apology below:

However, Logan's apology was not well-received

Responding to his apology, Philadelphia-based suicide prevention organisation The Buddy Project said, "Showing a dead body (even with the face blurred out) is not raising awareness. It does more harm than help and can cause people to attempt suicide themselves. There are many ways you can spread awareness without hurting the people you’re attempting to help."

Others were just as unimpressed by Logan's apology:

Many have called on YouTube to take action against Logan

Beauty YouTuber Sammi Maria said "it will be disturbing on humanity's behalf" if YouTube did not punish Logan, while Chad Wild Clay described YouTube's inaction as "an all time low."

Logan has not made any further comment since his apology

If you have been affected by the video, or have been dealing with suicidal thoughts or any mental health issues, please call the Samaritans on 116 123 if you're in the UK and 116 123 if you're in the Republic of Ireland.