[UPDATE January 2, 2018 3:06pm EST] After heavy Internet backlash, Logan Paul has released a short video on YouTube and Twitter apologizing for posting vlog of suicide victim. Watch his apology below.
YouTuber-turned-movie star Logan Paul caused outrage with a video he posted on Sunday that showed the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara forest.
Paul’s video received millions of views before it was removed, prompting many to brand the 22-year-old influencer as “disrespectful” and “disgusting” for his decision to upload it, as well as his smirking response to finding the body.
The video shows the body of a man from several angles but blurs his face and includes several exchanges between Paul and his friends that can only be described as unfitting for the situation.
The forest has become a notorious suicide spot in recent years and sits at the base of Mount Fuji. Signs at the beginning of some trails urge visitors to think of their families and contact a suicide prevention association.
Several celebrities responded on Twitter, including Aaron Paul and YouTuber Kandee Johnson, both of whom had some very strong words for Logan Paul.
Paul has since issue an apology. YouTube has yet to take a stance, but famously cancelled Pewdiepie’s show for anti-semitic remarks last year.
In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.