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.
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"
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 😢😥😭
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.
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.
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.