Logan Paul has officially returned to vlogging following his "suicide forest" controversy with a thoughtful first step as he tries to restore his social media image.
Almost a month ago, the YouTube star released a controversial vlog capturing the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. It was quickly met with backlash from fans, various media outlets, and even other YouTube stars for his tasteless demeanor toward the situation.
After a long silence, Paul shares his first video since the backlash, a suicide prevention video. “I know I’ve made mistakes,” says Paul in his newest vlog, as mournful piano music plays behind him. “I know I’ve let people down.”
In the video he shares that within the past three weeks, the famous vlogger has been trying to address his ignorance by talking with professionals and victims of suicide. The video opens with a first-person account of a suicide attempt from Kevin Hines, a man who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, and it features a conversation between Paul and Dr. John Draper, the director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Paul also plans to donate $1 million to suicide prevention organizations.
By the end he claims, "From this point on, I want to make an effort to contribute and immerse myself in the conversation." He concludes saying, "This is just the beginning." We really hope that this is a true effort to further create sensationalist content and provide a more positive message for the millions of people that tune into his YouTube channel.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please talk to someone. In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the U.S., the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.