YouTube and former Vine star, is one of the hottest internet celebs amongst middle and high school aged kids. He's faced lots of criticism before, but none quite like he has already received in 2018, less than one day in.
This article talks of suicide and mental illness, fair warning if these topics trigger you at all in some form. Scroll to the bottom to the article for resources about mental health and suicide prevention.
I'm not sure if this is an issue you just dab them haters off Logan Paul.
Logan Paul is known for posting tons of vlogs and typical YouTube video content online. He recently has traveled to Japan, and decided to post a video from the Suicide Forest.
Aokigahara, also known as Sea of Trees, is a forest on the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The spot has gained notoriety because the mass amount of suicides that take place there, dubbing the nickname, Suicide Forest. The parking lot and entrance to the forest is flanked with tons and tons of suicide prevention hotlines, and notes begging visitors to gain help if they believe they are on the brink of suicide. Officials have stopped releasing the suicide numbers in the forest in an attempt to quell the amount of people visiting the forest to take their lives. The highest number released was 105 suicides committed in 2003. While in 2010 there were 200 documented attempted suicides within Aokigahara.
Logan Paul recently posted a video visiting suicide forest, and find a man who has recently committed suicide by hanging. He even states in the video that they are extremely close to the parking lot, and did not have to travel far to find the man. Rather than leaving the forest and calling the police, he video tapes the man, and starts talking about how it will effect him and his friends for the rest of their lives.
I'm sorry, but this is the most disrespectful and disgusting video that has been published on YouTube. Not because of the content, he blurs the video, but because this is just complete and total exploitation of a man who was so down in his life, he thought his only way out was to take his own life. Do not go into an area, well known for suicides, and then talk about how this is going to effect you for the rest of your life. Why else would you go to the forest armed with cameras? You are wanting to shock viewers. This is what you wanted to happen.
Logan Paul made the entire video about himself, he showed no respect to this family. How do you think this is going to effect the loved ones this man had? They are going to get the news that someone in their lives took their own. Yet, all you are worried about is yourself. Respect the dead Logan Paul, you're disgusting.
After all the outrage from the video, he posts the WORST apology I have ever seen on Twitter.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
Out this whole apology, only once did you use the word, 'sorry.' Lots of I statements in there though. What *I* do every day, *I* have a big reach, *I* didn't do this for views. If this video was supposed to make a "positive ripple," then why in your apology is there no where information on suicide prevention awareness? Couldn't even take the time to write the suicide prevention hotline down? Too busy thinking about yourself and counting your cash to worry about the lives of your fans? This video and this apology is obvious that you do not care about your fans. You posted NOTHING on social media following the backlash from this incident about suicide prevention or any resources for people who are contemplating taking their own lives.
I'm sorry, but Logan Paul's largest reach is to middle and high school aged kids, one of the biggest risk factors for suicide and mental illness. This has disgusted me beyond belief.
If you are feeling depressed or have considered taking your own life, you have options, call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you feel like you may be struggling with mental illness, speak to your doctor about the options you have to gain help. Whether that be therapy, medication, or a mixture of the two. Mental health is just as important as your physical health. The people in your lives want you around, and they want you to be living your best life. We all have hard times, and days of despair. No matter what you WILL get through this. I promise. You are loved, important, and on this Earth for a reason. If you are a parent, please have open and honest discussions with your children about mental health. Let them know that you take their feelings seriously, and do not berate them for not wanting to talk to you about things. Guide them to finding a good therapist.
LGBTQIA+ Suicide Prevention Hotline, The Trevor Project - 866-488-7386
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
Do not be ashamed of your mental illness, there is nothing wrong with you. Myself and others include live every single day being medicated for their mental illness. I used to live my life with days where I was unable to eat, I would go days on just a few hours of sleep, and I would avoid situations because of my severe anxiety. I was ashamed to admit I had an issue, then one day someone I respected openly discussed their struggles with anxiety, and I realized I was not alone. My life has gone uphill since seeking therapy and getting medications to help my anxiety, and support medications for when I have attacks. Please seek help if you think you are struggling, I promise someone will be there for you.