BACKLASH

YouTuber Logan Paul Apologizes for Video of Japan ‘Suicide Forest’ Corpse

YouTube superstar Logan Paul apologized Monday night for posting a video of a suicide victim to his vlog, which has since been removed. “I didn’t do it for the views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet... I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention,” Paul, the older brother of YouTuber Jake Paul, tweeted. Logan Paul, who has more than 15 million subscribers, has been on a trip to Japan for the past week. Over the weekend, he and some friends paid a visit to Aokigahara by Mt. Fuji, also known as “suicide forest.” There, they stumbled upon the body of a man who had apparently hanged himself just hours before. Paul filmed the body and his reaction to it, then uploaded the video on Dec. 31 with the title “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” “This is not clickbait. This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel,” he said in the video. Backlash was swift, and after mass outrage, the YouTube video was removed from Paul’s channel Monday night. Before the video was removed it had garnered over half a million likes and 6.3 million views.