YouTube star Logan Paul has been on the receiving end of global backlash after uploading a dangerous and insensitive vlog about his trip to Japan.
While in Aokigahara forest, otherwise known as Japan's "suicide forest", Paul filmed the body of a person who had hanged himself from a tree, and then posted the footage to YouTube.
“This is not clickbait.This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel,” he said in the now deleted vlog. “I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history because I’m pretty sure this has never hopefully happened to anyone on YouTube ever. Now with that said: Buckle the f*** up, because you’re never gonna see a video like this again!”
From a distance, they blurred the entire body as Logan calls out: “Yo, are you alive? Are you fucking with us?"As the crew approaches the body, they only blur out the person's face as Logan comments: "His hands are purple. He did this this morning."
While Logan included information for the American Society for Suicide Prevention in the description box,viewers were quick to bombard him with a wave of criticism and disgust. Those on Twitter accused him of exploiting a person's death for views.
During the backlash, Logan posted an apology video to his 3.9 million subscribers:
So sorry.— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul)
Dear Internet,— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul)
But reaction on Twitter has been swift, and even celebrities like PewDiePie, Aaron Paul and Sophie Turner took to social media to call Logan out.
Dear @LoganPaul,When my brother found my sister’s body, he screamed with horror & confusion & grief & tried to save her. That body was a person someone loved.You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana)
Dear @LoganPaul,How dare you! You disgust me. I can't believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad. Hopefully this latest video woke them up. You are pure trash. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. Go rot in hell.Ap— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8)
You don’t deserve the platform you’ve been given. @LoganPaul— Brandon Larracuente (@BLarracuente)
Outrage over the video is still taking over social media, with many sharing their own stories of finding loved ones in Japan's "suicide forest".
Often referred to as “the perfect place to die,” Aokigahara forest is located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji and is approximately two hours away from Japan’s capital, Tokyo.
It has become one of the most popular spots for suicide in the world, coming in second to the Golden Gate Bridge. There have been so many suicides here that the forest's hiking trails are filled with signs urging those with suicidal thoughts to seek help.
If you're having suicidal thoughts, contact your local suicide prevention service. Local crisis centres by province can be found here.