Former Vine star and now YouTube’s resident bumhole Logan Paul visited Japan’s Aokigahara forest famously known as the “suicide forest”. “Are you fucking with us?” For the first time in my life I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly.
The roughly 15-minute long video captured their reaction as well as the aftermath after the police arrive, but throughout the ordeal, Paul was shown laughing and joking. Upon seeing children in the carpark, Paul asked what would have happened if they were the ones to come across the body.
And then he and his entourage discover a what looks like a body hanging in the Aokigahara.
‘Let’s start with this – I’m sorry.
Logan Paul and his brother Jake have become two of YouTube’s most bankable young stars, netting hundreds of thousands of dollars from ad revenue and sponsorships.
After investigating the scene, various shots show the man’s purple hands and his bag nearby before a member of the group says that he “doesn’t feel good”. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. “Depression and mental illness are not a joke. This obviously just became very real, and obviously a lot of people are going through a lot of shit in their lives”.
The video, which has since been pulled from Paul’s official YouTube channel though has been re-uploaded by other users on the service, featured Paul and several friends “vlogging” a recent trip to Japan.
In the video, Paul – who is American – visits Japan with several of his friends.
Paul later apologized for the video on Twitter, saying he has “never made a mistake like this before”.
And Game of Thrones actor Sophie Turner described Logan as an “idiot” who “doesn’t deserve the success he has”. “I can be wrong”.
Paul later issued an apology via Twitter, and claimed he thought he “could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity”.
“I meant to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought “if this video saves just one life, it’ll be worth it” I was misguided by shock and awe”.
Paul closes the apology by saying that in posting videos as often as he does it is “easy to get caught up in the moment without fully weighing the possible ramifications”, a sentiment that the Internet was not buying.