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Logan Paul Under Fire For Graphic Video

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Courtesy of Logan Paul's Apology Video

Courtesy of Logan Paul's Apology Video

Courtesy of Logan Paul's Apology Video

Haley Guinn, Staff Writer

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  Logan Paul, 22 year-old vlogger, actor, and Youtube star, uploaded a vlog on New Year’s Eve, titled, “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” sparking controversy amongst viewers and fans. His video was viewed over six million times within 24 hours.

  Paul filmed him and his friends in a forest at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan called Aokigahara. The location is commonly known as the “sea of trees” or “suicide forest” for its reputation as a common spot for hundreds of suicides.

  Upon venturing in the forest, Paul and his group find a dead body hanging from a tree. He moves up close to the body to where all of it is visible except the face, which is blurred out.

  In the video, he states, “Me smiling and laughing is not a portrayal of how I feel about the circumstances … If you guys haven’t noticed, I cope with things by humor. While this is incredibly sad, I’ve said it a thousands times this is crazy.”

  Sayuri Waybright (9) said, “I found the video very disturbing and disrespectful to the person who took their life… There are so many people who have suicidal thoughts and I can’t believe he would put something like that in this video.”

  Due to the backlash, Paul posted an apology on Twitter saying, “I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.”

  Kaela Celaya (10), one of those offended by the video, gave her opinion of Paul.

   “Before the video, I did not really have any feelings toward him … but I thought his videos were entertaining and creative. After he posted the video, I hated him because suicide is not a joke and he should not make fun of someone who killed himself … I think he did this on purpose to get more attention.”

  On January 2, he posted a one minute forty-four second video of himself apologizing to the internet, those who viewed the video, those who have been affected by mental illness and depression, and to the victim and his family.

  Paul has not uploaded any vlogs since the incident.

  

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