I knew that someone from the internet would do something idiotic sooner or later, but I never expected it to be this soon. Logan Paul decided it would be a “positive ripple on the internet” to share a video of his encounter of a suicide victim in Japan suicide forest, Aokigahara.
So to give you a quick synopsis of what this is all about. Logan Paul and his friends took a trip to Japan to visit a place called Aokigahara, internationally known as one of the world’s most popular suicide sites. He then encountered a unfortunate victim of suicide and instead of turning off the camera and alerting the authorities, he decided it would be better idea to film the encounter and post it on YouTube for all to see.
After a massive backlash for his action, he took down the video, not YouTube, but Logan himself took down a video and issued an written apology which you can find below.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
Now I’ve watched that video, and because of how he started that video and his behavior throughout the video, his apology holds no weight in my opinion. He knew damm well that if he uploaded that video it was gonna rank up the views. I find it interesting however that YouTube did nothing in this event and instead the algorithm promoted such a content.
Secondly, I’m blownback that Logan would even post such a content, knowing full well that YouTube’s policy does not allow such things on the site unless its for educational purposes or a documentary. Plus his audience are for the most part, impressionable kids. He tries to send a message about how suicide is a serious thing and shouldn’t be joked about, but the video just isn’t helping his case.
Not only that but he also didn’t consider the feelings of those who may have lost loved one’s because of suicide and how this video might affect them. Especially the family and friends of the victim in the video. He may have blurred out his face but people can still recognize someone by how they dressed or the last thing someone wore before leaving the house.
It’s crazy to think that this man sat through the editing process and didn’t think that this might be a horrible idea.
I’m interested to see how this will affect his career going forward. And how this will affect YouTube itself as something like this will surely cause an uproar. I expect to see him lose sponsorship’s because of this but for some reason I feel like he might get away with this and in about a month’s time, it’ll be brushed under the carpet and forgotten. Kinda like the PewDiePie fiasco.
I just don’t know, this is a horrible way for him to start the new year and there’s definitely going to be repercussion for his action. What bothers me even more is the fact that there are people who are actually defending him. Like what the fuck? How can any sensible person defend such an action? It’s unfathomable!
What do you think of all this?