"That's not an apology for a misdeed," one of Paul's many critics tweets. "That's a narcissistic response to negative reinforcement. Try again."
YouTube star Logan Paul's apology for posting a video showing a dead body has ignited even more outrage across social media.
The 15-minute video was uploaded Sunday to Paul's 15 million YouTube subscribers, but has since been removed by the video sharing platform. The video titled, "We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest," showed Paul and his friends walking through Aokigahara, a forest located at the base of Mount Fuji, known to be a frequent site of suicides. The footage showed the group coming across the corpse of an unidentified man and included several close-ups of his body with only his face blurred out. One of the members of the group was heard saying he didn't "feel good," which elicited the following reply from Paul: "What, you never stand next to a dead guy?" Paul then proceeded to laugh.
By Monday morning, the vlogger's name was trending globally on Twitter. The comments -- overwhelmingly negative. But it wasn't until Tuesday morning that Paul publicly apologized for his "mistake," tweeting, "I make good decisions, but I'm still a human being. I can be wrong."
"Where do I begin... Let's start with this -- I'm sorry," he began his lengthy apology. "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."
"I didn't do it for views. I get views," he continued. "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 and 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 by the video. I still am."
"I do this sh-t every day. I've made a 15-minute TV show EVERY SINGLE DAY for the past 460+ days. One may understand that it's easy to get caught up in the moment without fully weighing the possible ramifications. I'm often reminded of how big of 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," Paul added. "I love everyone. I believe in people. I'm out here. Peace. #Logan4Life."
The apology, though, seems to have fallen on several deaf ears. See what some of Paul's critics had to say in the tweets below.
Very disappointed and disgusted, Logan. You have a responsibility as a creator & social media influencer, especially at your size and you still decided to record and post it? And Logan fans, it's OK to stand against what he did. You know it was wrong.— J (@iCrazyJa) January 2, 2018
Mate you do realize people like me have attempted suicide? And that by showing this victim in your video is not only disrespectful to the victim but to also to the victims family. It makes me sick that you and your friends laughed at the body and try to pass it off as "coping"— lil mexican boy (@Lil_Gerardo_123) January 2, 2018
Dear Mr. Paul— John F. Carroll (@thatJohnCarroll) January 2, 2018
You took cameras into Japan’s ‘suicide forest’. What were you looking for.... in a ‘suicide forest’? What was the plan man?
Seems you found the thing you were looking for and then exploited it. I hope his family did not find out this way.
I lost a sister to suicide and the thought of someone filming her after the fact and posting it on the internet, blurred face or not; would feel like a violation of her and my family's privacy at a time of great sadness, vulnerability & shock. #respectiskey 😢😥😭— TeflonDomme (@MizSugah) January 2, 2018
That's not an apology for a misdeed. That's a narcissistic response to negative reinforcement. Try again. This time, put some thought into it, mention what you did wrong and the impact it had on others, and dedicate yourself to improving.— Shawn Henfling (@ShawnHenfling) January 2, 2018
Lmao you think an apology will make us forget about what you did? No. You’re canceled. GOODBYE— NEW YEAR JAS 💓✨ (@triskasbabygirl) January 2, 2018
How is filming someone’s death a “mistake” then you post it on YouTube? That was not a mistake. You CHOSE to do it and you should have known the consequences so now you can face them.— NEW YEAR JAS 💓✨ (@triskasbabygirl) January 2, 2018
After this he doesn’t deserve a second chance I think cheating or lying deserves s second chance (depending on the person) but showing a dead body and laughing about it doesn’t deserve any chances— sims4life (@sims4life121) January 2, 2018
I don't care if you've seen worse. What he did was unforgiving and hurtful to both his fans and the victims family. He exploited a dead body hanging from a tree, laughed and joked around with it and thought it would be a good idea to release the footage on the internet.— Santah lotteh (@Cpasz2) January 2, 2018
it doesnt matter what he laughed at, the fact that he included it in the video shows that he’s highly insensitive. he shouldve cut the entire section from the video and not mentioned it whatsoever.— epic win (@fedangle) January 2, 2018
"He apologised and he means it so it's fine" pic.twitter.com/KwcR6uc5sD— Charmaine (@Kiakamii) January 2, 2018
how do you still have a career— Jaden Smith (@LuvJaden_UnCool) January 2, 2018
stop trying to defend him. yes, we're all humans and make mistakes but how ignorant do you have to be to do this kind of thing at the age of 20+?— Ana 🐍 (@taymilaswift) January 2, 2018
Your channel is losing subs pic.twitter.com/teGAsVHSxj— Adrian Ojeda (@mr_goblins948) January 2, 2018
GET👏SOME👏HELP👏— 💘JESSICA💘 (@FruttiJessica) January 2, 2018
Explain how anything in this situation is okay— Cryptic Jim (@Jim_City_News) January 2, 2018
nah... i don't think so pic.twitter.com/WY0QPLRlZq— k a t . . . (@eemmoorrii) January 2, 2018
Common sense ain't so common anymore. I understand you're childish asf but somethings are just morally wrong and if you didn't see that before posting the video idk what that says about your morality— alien hoe ☹👽 (@BlackWhiteMCR) January 2, 2018
While I served in the Navy I had to ID my friend"s body after he took his own life. You are what's wrong with humanity.— Loopy X. HotDogg (@nigelhotdogg) January 2, 2018
That man deserves better than just to be a dead man on a youtube video. What he should have done was call the police and inform his family not film it . Isn't that just commen sense— Ghizlene_sn (@ghizlene_sn) January 2, 2018
I stopped almost immediately.— Catalina (@Cattarb) January 2, 2018
Sorry but "He's 22 years old (...)"?
Right. I am 21 and I KNOW that filming a dead body and showing it to everyone is a BAD IDEA.
Dude! 1) disrespect to the family of the man, 2) disrespect for the man himself 3) BAD. TASTE.
Thing for a moment that this man is your relative, and you love him dearly.— Catalina (@Cattarb) January 2, 2018
Suddenly, there's a viral video on YouTube showing him, his hands, his pants, etc.
Would you easily forgive him because he "apologized"?
If the answer is yes.... Well, you don't understand.
Used to be a fan but I gotta skrt now— madison (@dolanftbrikey) January 2, 2018
Any normal person with respect would have stopped filming...— 🕸CH🕷RLIE🕸 (@Charliew217) January 2, 2018
His apology contains "I get views" I'm done here— Renata (@SkyeJedi27) January 2, 2018
I don’t get why everyone is so ‘brainwashed’ by this situation. He showed A DEAD body on his channel. He wasn’t thinking about his younger viewers (4-9). What makes it worse is that HE LAUGHED. I can’t believe people are defending him for those actions.— anna banana (@annap3arson) January 2, 2018
i never seen any of your videos til today and honestly you’re a piece of disguisting human being....fucking asshole— paula (@itspaulaxo) January 2, 2018