Logan Paul Apologises For Sharing Footage Of A Suicide Victim's Body On YouTube
2 January 2018, 08:40
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.
If you viewed Logan Paul’s video (or any other triggering video) and need someone to talk to, there are resources out there for you.— Buddy Project (@ProjectBuddy) January 2, 2018
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: HOME to 741-741
IM Alive: https://t.co/4ugzTpvqiN
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:
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
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:
What disgusts me most about Logan Paul (outside of posting the video) is the apology for not even recognizing it was bad.— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) January 2, 2018
That person was suffering. His family now has to face two different kinds of embarrassment. Yet somehow, he made the apology about what kind of guy he is.
Logan Paul’s apology contains the sentence “I get views”— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) January 2, 2018
Here's a tip for Logan Paul: if you do something despicable, your apology should not include the sentence "I get views," a peace emoji, or your fan hashtag— Hayley G. Hoover (@hayleyghoover) January 2, 2018
if your apology repeatedly mentions how successful or important you are, you’re probably not all that successful or important.— sarah, the reporter (@amyharvard_) January 2, 2018
You’re probably an asshat, or worse, Logan Paul.
@LoganPaul You’re an idiot. You’re not raising awareness. You’re mocking. I can’t believe how self-praising your “apology” is. You don’t deserve the success (views) you have. I pray to God you never have to experience anything like that man did.— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) January 2, 2018
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."
Completely disturbed by the Logan Paul video - And it has been trending?! If YouTube don’t take some sort of action it will be disturbing on humanity’s behalf to be honest. Completely disgusting and shameful 😣— Sammi Maria (@samanthamaria) January 2, 2018
Logan Paul cracks jokes in front of a hanging suicide victim and in 24 hours gets 6 million views, 500k likes, gains 57k subs, and no action from YouTube other than putting it on trending page.— Chad Wild Clay (@chadwildclay) January 2, 2018
This is an all time low for not only YouTube but for society.
All eyes on you, @YouTube. What Logan Paul did was unacceptable and deserves decisive action. There is no place on YouTube for that kind of content.— Meg Turney (@megturney) January 2, 2018
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.