Logan Paul was forced to apologize for his recent vlog. The YouTube personality issued a statement in which he clarify his action after he uploaded, and then took down, a video of him walking around the infamous Suicide Forest in Japan.
As its name suggests, the Suicide Forest is a forest in Japan where hundreds of people commit suicide each year. Paul, who along with some of his friends have been documenting their experience in the country, visited the place and initially planned to walk around the area to see if it’s really as scary as people say it is.
However in his latest expedition in the forest, he videotaped himself stumbling upon a body hanging from a tree. In attempt to raise awareness of suicide, he continued filming and approached the body so he could show it to his viewers. Though he blurred the deceased man’s face, viewers could still see his purple hands and all the belonging he left in the ground as Paul and his gang talked about the creepy discovery near the body.
The video managed to get more than 6 million views before being taken down on Monday, January 1 following massive backlash, with people accusing Paul of disrespecting the dead man and his family. Many of them also took issue with the fact that the YouTuber could still laugh with his friends and curse near the body, though he already explained that the humor was how he coped with the situation.
The complaints caused Paul to pen a public apology and post it on Twitter. In the statement, he defended his action, saying that he didn’t include the disturbing discovery scene to get more views. “I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity,” he wrote.
“I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention,” he continued. “And while 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 ramification.”
“I’m often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have & with great power comes great responsibility… for the first time in my life I’m regretful to ay I handled that power incorrectly,” he added and assured everyine that “it won’t happen again.”
The controversial video has been deleted from Paul’s YouTube channel, but if you’re wondering why the clip is a big deal you can still find it on the platform.