YouTuber Logan Paul has issued an apology after posting a video titled "We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest..." -- which showed footage of what appeared to be a man who had killed himself.
The video was filmed in the Aokigahara forest, which is known as a popular site at the base of Mount Fuji for the Japanese to commit suicide.
i’m truly sickened by this logan paul situation. i lost my brother to suicide... my brother took his own life by hanging himself... how insensitive and sick can you be to film someone in that state 😔— mommy (@CorinnaKopf) January 2, 2018
When Logan and his friends came across the body of a male hanging from a tree, Paul addressed the camera: “Suicide is not a joke. Depression and mental illnesses are not a joke. We came here with an intent to focus on the haunted aspect of the forest. This just became very real.”
However, the group was also shown laughing and joking around the dead body.
One friend said he “doesn’t feel good.” Paul replied: “What, you never stand next to a dead guy?” and then laughed.
One question, Logan Paul. If that man who took his life was your friend, family, a loved one, and someone came along, filmed, laughed, acted like a complete degenerate, then edited and uploaded that video, possibly before you even found out about their death, how would you feel?— LuxFalls (@LuxFalls) January 2, 2018
Paul, who has more than 15 million subscribers on YouTube, said he had been "misguided by shock and awe" via a statement on Twitter.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is available 24/7 via the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You matter. You are loved, and you are not alone.
I just received an official statement from a contact at @Youtube regarding the outrage and controversy around Logan Paul’s (now self-removed) “We found a dead body” top trending Youtube video.— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) January 2, 2018
I’ll save my personal comment for later. Just wanted to pass this along. pic.twitter.com/JNTQDMVvT4