Logan Paul tells Good Morning America hid controversial video was intended to show the “harsh realities of suicide.”
PEOPLE DON’T NEED TO SEE THE BODIES OF SUICIDE VICTIMS TO UNDERSTAND THE HARSH REALITIES
Logan Paul is continuing his apology tour following the widely criticized video of a dead body he posted on YouTube at the end of 2017. In an interview with Good Morning America today, the 22-year-old vlogger says that he posted the Aokigahara forest video with a specific goal: “The idea was to shock and show the harsh realities of suicide and get people talking about something that I don’t think people are talking about much.”
MANY PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE EPIDEMIC OF SUICIDE. YOUR ABHORRENT VIDEO DID NOTHING TO HELP. IT WAS ALL ABOUT YOU DRAWING ATTENTION TO YOURSELF
Paul’s video, which he removed from YouTube after swift backlash, featured the vlogger heading into the forest with friends to do another “fun vlog,” he says. They planned to camp for the night and “make an entertaining piece of content in a forest.” Shortly after they entered the forest, he says, roughly 100 feet away from the parking lot, the group encountered the body of a man who appeared to have recently hung himself. Part of the criticism around the video is Paul’s reaction as he struggles to suppress laughter and cracks a few jokes, as well as the clear disregard for the somber legacy of the forest.
YOUR LAUGHTER IS ABSOLUTELY INEXCUSABLE AND DEMONSTRATES THAT YOUR GOAL WASN’T TO HELP ANYONE WITH THIS VIDEO
In the time since posting the video, Paul says that he’s received comments from people suggesting that he himself should commit suicide. “Millions of people, literally, telling me they hate me, to go die in a fire,” he says. “It’s the most horrible, horrific things.” However, he says that much of the criticism has been fair, including YouTube dropping several of his projects and removing him from its Google Preferred ad program. “I understand that they needed to take a stance,” he says.
YOU DID A HORRIFIC THING. YOU ARE REAPING WHAT YOU SOWED. DO YOURSELF AND THE WORLD A FAVOR BY STAYING OUT OF THE PUBLIC EYE
After two apologies and a break from posting, Paul returned to the internet on January 24th with a video called “Suicide: Be Here Tomorrow.” The video is essentially a PSA for anyone having suicidal thoughts and includes brief interviews with professionals and a man who tried to commit suicide himself. In addition to committing to donate $1 million to suicide prevention, Paul promised to better educate himself on suicide and suicide prevention — a stance he echoed again today. ”I believe it happened for a reason,” he says of the whole experience. “I think that reason is so I could take this experience, learn from it, spread the message the right way about suicide prevention and suicide prevention awareness.”
WE ARE MOVED BY OUR SPIRITUAL BELIEFS TO FORGIVE YOU, BUT DON’T BELIEVE YOU HAVE ‘TURNED OVER A NEW LIFE’ OVERNIGHT. AMENDS REQUIRE CHANGED BEHAVIOR OVER TIME
The vlogger says that he believes parents should monitor what their kids watch online more and that he never meant to be malicious. “I am a good guy who made a bad decision,” he says. He adds that he’s “never been hated by the whole world” before and that it’s made him more considerate of what he should post online in the future.
BACK TO ‘ALL ABOUT LOGAN.’ IT WASN’T THE DAMAGE YOU CAUSED THAT MOTIVATED YOU TO LOOK AT YOUR BEHAVIOR. IT WAS WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT OF YOU.
YOU ARE A PATHETIC MANBOY. GROW UP, LOGAN PAUL. BEFORE YOU DO MORE HARM.
If you or anyone you know is considering suicide or is anxious, depressed, upset, or needs to talk, there are people who want to help:
In the US:
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, at any time, about any type of crisis | http://www.crisistextline.org/
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 | http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 | http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Outside the US:
The International Association for Suicide Prevention lists a number of suicide hotlines by country. Click here to find them.
Befrienders Worldwide: https://www.befrienders.org/need-to-talk
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