YouTube Star Logan Paul Apologizes for Video of Apparent Suicide Victim: ‘I Didn’t Do It For Views’

YouTube star Logan Paul issued an apology on Sunday, January 1, after posting a video earlier that day showing the body of an apparent suicide victim hanging from a tree in Japan. 

Logan Paul attends 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2017 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Logan Paul attends 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2017 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

“Where do I begin . . . Let’s start with this — I’m sorry,” wrote the 22-year-old Internet celebrity, who boasts more than 15 million subscribers. “This is a first for me. I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before. I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong.” 

He continued: “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. That’s never the intention. I intended to raise awareness for 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, as portrayed in the video. I still am.” 

Paul made the discovery while walking with friends in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, where dozens of people take their lives every year. In the clip, a member of the group reportedly was heard stating that he didn’t “feel good” to which Paul replied, “What, you never stand next to a dead guy?” Then he laughed. 

Paul’s controversial video — which was titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest . . .,” received millions of views before it removed following backlash on social media. 

“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,” wrote Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul. Added fellow YouTube celebrity Kandee Johnson: RETWEET THIS FOR @YouTube to make a change. YouTube CANNOT allow disgusting, horrifying content like what Logan Paul did. He not only used the dead suicide victim’s body in his thumbnail, but zooms in on the victim’s hands & pockets & makes heartless jokes. This is unacceptable!”

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

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