YouTube star Logan Paul is under fire after filming apparent suicide victim

Logan Paul is under fire.
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YouTube star Logan Paul has issued an apology for posting a video containing footage of an apparent victim of suicide, but it might not be enough for some.

In the now-removed video, the 22-year-old vlogger visited Japan’s Aokigahara forest on the northwestern flank of Mount Fuji. The forest’s name translates to the “Sea of Trees” but is known internationally as the “Suicide Forest,” the site of hundreds of suicides every year.

According to New York Magazine, Paul posted a video to his 15 million YouTube subscribers with the title “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” that was meant to be the third part of his “Tokyo Adventures,” series. The publisher reports that the video contained footage of a person who had apparently died by suicide, with their face blurred.

Folks took to Twitter to post their disgust at Paul’s video, including particularly aggressive blasts from Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul.

Paul had apologised for the video, posting a lengthy address to his 3.9 million Twitter followers. “I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before,” he wrote.

“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 and suicide prevention.”

Now, however, folks are looking squarely at YouTube itself, calling for a ban on Paul from the platform (which probably won’t happen).

Meanwhile, Paul is already plugging his next vlog. Yeah.

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Here is a list of international resources. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2018/01/02/logan-paul-video-apology/