The Internet was understandably incredibly upset at the actions of Youtuber Logan Paul for posting footage of a man who committed suicide in the infamous “suicide forest” at the foothills of Mt. Fuji in Japan, but it seems he is looking to address his actions in a recently posted video on his channel.
In the new video titled “Suicide: Be Here Tomorrow,” Logan addressed the controversy surrounding his video and admitted he “made mistakes” and “let people down.” He goes on to say: “It’s time to learn from the past and I’m here to have a hard conversation.”
Teen Vogue wrote that in the duration of the seven-minute clip, Paul addressed that he used the time away from vlogging to learn more about mental illnesses and ‘his role in the conversation.’
He also incorporated interviews from mental health experts and members of the National Suicide Prevention Line to address suicide and how people can be severely affected by it.
He also featured the powerful story of Kevin Hines, a survivor of his attempted suicide by jumping over the Golden Gate bridge when he was 19.
“The millisecond that my hands cleared the rail and my legs flew over it, it was an instant regret. The depression was wiped from my mind, and all I wanted to do was live,” said Hines.
Towards the end of the video, the Youtuber also pledged $1 million to suicide prevention charities and a message to viewers that ‘they are not alone.’
Paul added that getting called out for his gory and insensitive video opened up a “the beginning of a new chapter in his life,” one in which he promised to become “better educated” on mental illness from now on.
His new video had mixed responses, with plenty of people turning towards his family’s initial reactions to the backlash as a point of their insincerity.
His father, Greg had also posted a video addressing Logan’s ‘haters’ about the suicide forest video, while many point out that it took his brother, Jake, three weeks to say something about the issue.
In Jake’s new video addressing the backlash toward his brother, he explained that he purposefully waited to make a statement on the matter.
“I wanted to let the situation have some time to breathe,” he said. “It didn’t feel right to comment on it right away. But as his brother and as someone who knows Logan the best, I do feel it’s necessary to say something about it.”
He goes on to explain his feelings on the matter, saying, “I think what Logan did was very, very, very, very wrong, and he made a huge mistake. And not only is he paying for it, but he is learning from it. I think that in no way, shape, or form is suicide a joke or should be made fun of.” He noted that while he thought what Logan did was wrong, Jake added his brother “did not mean to offend or hurt anybody or create such a big frustration.”