Twitter 'Disgusted' by Logan Paul's Apology
- Author: Joe Gonzales Jan 03, 2018,
Jan 03, 2018, 1:45
And his many videos have racked up tens of millions of views.
The video, as well as Paul's on-camera reaction to finding the body, was widely condemned by social media users. I should've never posted the video.
In his first statement Monday, the 22-year-old comedic actor and host said his intentions in posting the video were to raise awareness for suicide prevention, not to anger anyone.
Paul added that if his video had saved at least "ONE life", he thought it was worth posting.
"I'm often reminded of how big a reach I truly have and with great power comes great responsibility... for the first time in my life I'm regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly". It won't happen again.
A moment like this was perhaps inevitable in Paul's world, where everything is content before it is anything else.
"Yo, are you alive?" The thing you need to know about him is that he is very famous. One Twitter user Laci Green wrote, "Exploiting a suicide victim in Japan to the tune of 6M+ views while youtube demonetizes students protesting in Iran is a flawless example of what a sociopathic garbage fire youtube has become. this industry has no soul left". Each one of his daily videos routinely gets more than 5 million views.
"I want to apologize to the internet, I want to apologize to anyone who's seen the video, I want to apologize to anyone who has been affected or touched by mental illness or depression or suicide, but most importantly, I want to apologize to the victim and his family", Paul now says.
Each Paul has a boy band-like role to play in the brotherhood.
But if Paul expected support from fellow social media celebrities, it was notably absent.
"YouTube, at the end of the day doesn't care". As I said, it was inevitable.
"He'll vlog about getting evicted from his apartment because fans keep showing up because he put his address online".
"Logan Paul is absolutely fine".
The footage featured Paul and friends in Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt Fuji, which is known as a frequent site of suicides. But his original plan was to fake it, treating the Aokigahara - where dozens of real corpses are found every year - like a haunted house. It's the sort of video that tons of YouTubers make while visiting Japan. As the police are called, Logan gets up close to the body and zooms right in. He then turns the camera on himself. Let's start with this.
Later, Paul and his crew are beginning to freak out. I believe in people.
When the group find the body, Paul looked surprised, and said he has never seen a dead person. But standing there, it's clear that they have already chose to use this footage. Authorities have not yet arrived. "That man has probably died a few hours ago", she says.
"I should have never posted the video".
The vlog is now gone from Paul's channel.
According to NY magazine, which saw the original video before it was pulled, the video garnered over 6 million views in the 24 hours since it was published.