An international YouTube star, who recently visited Dubai, is facing criticism after he (together with his friends) filmed a video alongside what seems to be an apparent suicide victim in a Japan’s Suicide Forest.
Logan Paul, an American vlogger who has millions of fans and subscribers on social media, has faced backlash after he posted a video of him and his friends reacting after seeing a corpse of a man who had hanged himself. The said video was removed in less than a day after it was uploaded, but it had amassed, over 6 Million views.
Aokigahara Forest in Japan, is known as one of the world’s most popular sites where many people choose to commit suicide.
Logan Paul Posts Apology for Filming Video of Suicide Forest in Japan
Logan has posted an apology on Twitter saying that “This is a first for me. I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before.”
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
Following it up, he also posted an apology video saying that he made a mistake. Check out the said video below:
While he may have apologized for his actions, he received mixed reactions from people saying that his apology was insincere.
A Tweet from Breaking Bad star, Aaron Paul, mentions that he cannot believe how many people look up to him and that suicide is not a joke.
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.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) January 2, 2018
A Tweet from Game of Thrones star, Sophie Turner, says that Logan doesn’t deserve the success (views) he has.
@LoganPaul You’re an idiot. You’re not raising awareness. You’re mocking. I can’t believe how self-praising your “apology” is. You don’t deserve the success (views) you have. I pray to God you never have to experience anything like that man did.
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) January 2, 2018
Just today, he tweeted that he is taking time to reflect.
taking time to reflect
no vlog for now
see you soon
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 4, 2018
Logan Paul was in Dubai last November where thousands of fans arrived to see him headline an social media influencer marketing conference.
While Logan has posted his apology online, we want to remind everyone that suicide is not something that should be taken lightly. Just recently, a man committed suicide in Bur Dubai a few hours after New Year’s eve.
As we usher in the new year, let us take time to reflect how we should try to be more responsible when posting content on social media as well as us to be mindful of the videos that our youth watch and follow online. We, DubaiOFW, are not excluded from this responsibility, and we hope that this raises awareness for us all.