Vlogger Logan Paul Draws Flak For Filming A Dead Guy In Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest’


Youtuber Logan Paul, known for his stunts and prank videos is under fire from Internet users and even his fellow Youtubers after he put up a video last Monday that showed an apparent suicide victim in the Japanese forest of Aokigahara.

Posted over the weekend, the video showed Paul and some friends enter the forest, which is in the foothills of Mt. Fuji. It gets its moniker of ‘suicide forest’ for the many people who go tAhere to commit suicide, as the forest is very dense and going off the designated path makes it difficult for rescuers to comb through area.

They then spot an apparent dead body of a man from an apparent suicide, and questionably begin filming around it, cracking jokes and even doing a panoramic shot.

While Paul has taken it down on Monday, it reached a couple hundred thousand views and worryingly, Paul’s audience is composed mainly of children aged between 7 to 15.

Understandably, the Internet was outraged.

Paul issued a written apology at first via his Twitter account on January 1:

But many argue it wasn’t much of an apology at all, with Paul fully having the time between editing and publishing the video to think about how deep and serious the issue of suicide is, especially in a country like Japan where mental illnesses are often shunned.

Paul then released an apology video on his Youtube channel the next day, on January 2.

But again, he seemed to miss the mark in sincerity.

But in fairness to Paul, he does call on his fans to not defend him and his actions.

Here’s the thing though, too. Aokigahara is a  Japanese park that has a designated path for visitors, exactly for the reason that nobody strays from it in the hopes of visitors or locals to not go into unmarked paths where they might stumble upon the unfortunate, and often traumatic, evidence of people who go there to commit suicide.

Along the path are signs too encouraging anyone who might be intending suicide to think about their loved ones, with contact numbers to the Japanese Suicide Prevention Hotline.

They also have rangers, mostly locals who know the area well, who comb the area regularly in the hopes of spotting someone who went off the path and talk them out of their suicide plans, as explained in this video.

So it’s difficult really to believe the sincerity of someone who says they ‘didn’t know how to act’ after spotting something they went off the designated path for, armed to the teeth with film gear, and full of intention after hearing about the unfortunate reputation of the place.


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