There are calls for Logan Paul to be removed from YouTube after he uploaded a disturbing video to his channel showing a dead body in a forest.
A horrific video which was shared to Logan’s 15 million subscribers saw the 22-year-old filming the body of a man in the Aokigahara forest – referred to as the Japanese suicide forest. The video saw Logan, accompanied by his friends and a tour guide, walking through the forest, before stumbling upon the dead body. While the man’s face was blurred out, Logan repeatedly zoomed in on him, his hands and his pockets as they commented what they were seeing. Logan said: ‘We were going to address this before we saw this, I’m not just saying this. Suicide is not a joke, depression and mental illness are not a joke. We came here to focus on the haunted aspect of the forest. This just became very real.’
After saying to viewers ‘we’re here for you’, Logan said: ‘This is the most real vlog I’ve ever made’, before saying it was ‘fate’ that they found the body. After laughing repeatedly in the video, Logan said that he used laughter as a coping mechanism, calling the incident one of the ‘top five craziest things I’ve ever experienced’. He also joked: ‘I’m already getting flashes of demonetisation, bro.’ While Logan removed the video from his channel after a day, it had been watched by more than one million people before removal – while YouTube didn’t touch it.
Logan, who is the older brother of fellow YouTube star Jake Paul, has since issued a statement on the video, saying it was not ‘for views’ and was meant to deter anybody considering suicide. He wrote on Twitter: ‘‘I’m often reminded of how big a reach I truly have and which great power comes great responsibility… for the first time in my life I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won’t happen again.’