TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE MENTIONED
I assume that by now, we all know that Team 10 was all over the internet this past year with their gigantic house and their drama-full lives. The group came into the spotlight when their first drama emerged after Jake Paul kicked his ex-girlfriend, Alissa Violet, out of the house in February of last year. It was a twist of who-said-what and after that drama was solved, the group kind of started to take over. Their first diss track came out on June 2nd where Jake criticized Alissa. As expected, the diss track was disliked by many. Of course, Alissa came back at them and exposed them on June 8th. The next month their neighbours came on the news to tell the internet that Team 10 was making their lives a living hell. Jake Paul was also called out multiple times for making xenophobic comments and was also exposed for being a bully.
After all this, it’s no surprise that the Paul Brothers are a problematic duo. After diss tracks and neighbour complaints and girlfriend dramas, it was honestly expected that the YouTubers came back with something dramatic.
After posting a vlog exploring the Suicide Forest in Japan, where he filmed a body of someone who died from suicide and receiving thousands of insults, the North American YouTuber posted an apology on his Twitter. In the apology, he starts by making the situation about himself, saying he’s never faced this much criticism because he made a mistake. Then he proceeds by saying he didn’t do it for the views, he did it because he thought he “could make a positive ripple on the internet”. He said his only intention was to raise awareness for suicide and he alleges that he was in shock and awe.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
However, in the vlog, he’s seen laughing and smiling with his friends after discovering the body. So I guess, maybe it wasn’t a mistake after all. Of course, people reacted to this saying that a mere apology wouldn’t make things go away.
I mean when you found the body you could have at least had the decency to put down the camera and wait until later to explain what had happened.
— halo 3 (@ColboyVEVO) January 2, 2018
Even though the video was posted with a trigger warning at the beginning, Logan described this moment almost as something legendary instead of describing it as shocking or traumatizing. In the beginning of the video, he started by saying that it wasn’t clickbait and that the video was graphic. Although he described his experience as something that would mark Youtube history, as if it was something to glorify, instead of something to be hurt by. The YouTuber laughed about the situation and made multiple jokes about it. So what’s the point of using a trigger warning if you’re making a joke about this whole situation?
A lot of people criticised him on the vlog and on his actions and recommended people to not watch the video and to report it. The YouTube video was eventually taken down but, of course, that won’t make the situation go away. This situation is completely disgusting and so horrible to everyone, and of course, the YouTuber didn’t even take into consideration the victim’s family and how his actions might affect them.
Logan paul found a person who had taken their own life, filmed the body, put it on youtube, and then issued a public apology that ended with #Logang4Life. Charlie Brooker doesn’t need to write episodes of black mirror anymore because real life is fucking worse.
— Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) January 2, 2018
Suicide is serious. People have lost loved ones, idols, hero’s, fans to suicide. Filming a video and mocking a victim is not raising suicide awareness. Laughing at the body of a poor depressed soul. I can’t believe the disrespect of the victim, their family, and your YOUNG fans.
— Grayson Dolan (@GraysonDolan) January 2, 2018
Wow @LoganPaul's newest video is an absolute disgrace. Exploiting suicide & mental illness for views and money is sickening. A new low for click-baiting, even for him. It's unacceptable & @YouTube should remove this immediately. So disrespectful to that person and their family.
— Kendall Rae (@KendallRaeOnYT) January 2, 2018
PSA: suicide is a very serious and sensitive subject and definitely not a topic that should be disrespectfully used for shock value to get views on a youtube video, especially when millions of very young viewers will see it. ALSO ESPECIALLY filming the body???
— Ricky Dillon (@RickyPDillon) January 2, 2018
do not watch the video Logan Paul posted if you are suicidal or depressed. he posted a video of a man who committed suicide still hanging in a tree and showed the man's hands and 360 close up view. that was completely wrong.
— °✧ 🎀 𝓂𝒾𝓇𝒶𝒸𝓁𝑒 𝒷𝒶𝒷𝓎 🎀 ✧° (@chronicsigher) January 1, 2018
As mentioned before the video has been deleted and it is NOT recommended or worth watching, especially if you’re triggered by suicide, for the video is graphic (as mentioned by Logan, himself), but an account has reposted the vlog. You can watch the video here at your full responsibility.