Popular YouTuber Logan Paul has apologized for filming and uploading a video showing the body of a person who committed suicide by hanging under a tree in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. Paul said that he didn’t do it to get views on his channel and that his intention was to create a positive ripple on the internet about the suicide awareness.
The video streaming celebrity, who has over 15 million subscribers on YouTube, posted a letter of apology on his Twitter account. “I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity,” he wrote. “That’s never the intention. I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention.”
“I’m often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have & with great power comes great responsibility,” Paul continued in his apology letter. “For the first time in my life I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won’t happen again.”
The YouTuber stressed that he didn’t do it for the views. The video was not monetized, and it started with a viewer discretion and ended with messages about suicide prevention, with Paul urging viewers with mental problems to seek help.
Despite these, Paul received immediate backlash over the video, with many noting that a great number of his fan base are made up of young children and teenagers.
In the original footage, which has since been taken down, Paul and his friends were exploring the Aokigahara forest, which is popularly called the suicide forest, when they come across a body hanging from a tree. Paul films the body of the victim up close, blurring the face, but showing his hands, clothes, and bag.