YouTube star Logan Paul’s broadly condemned video that includes the physique of a suicide sufferer is now drawing the ire of Japanese youth suicide prevention group Ova, which slammed the footage as “completely unacceptable.”
Paul, 22, posted the video earlier this week after he got here throughout a lifeless physique hanging from a tree whereas visiting Japan’s Aokigahara forest, which is named a location the place many individuals take their very own lives.
“It’s completely unacceptable to indicate somebody who was pushed to suicide as if it’s humorous content material,” Jiro Ito, the top of Ova, advised The Japan Occasions.
Within the video, Paul stresses that suicide, melancholy and psychological sickness “aren’t a joke,” but in addition features a few clips on the finish the place he giggles as he expresses how shocked he was by coming throughout the physique.
Ito stated the video goes towards how the World Well being Group recommends the media cowl suicides, telling the Japanese newspaper that Paul’s video “raises critical points from the purpose of suicide prevention.”
Paul uploaded the video to YouTube on New 12 months’s Eve and garnered fast backlash from a slew of viewers who had been disgusted by his insensitivity to share footage of a suicide sufferer.
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Paul has since issued a pair of apologies for the video, which has been taken down.
“I didn’t do it for views. I get views,” Paul wrote in his first apology, which he shared to Twitter. “I did it as a result of I assumed I might make a constructive ripple on the web, not trigger a monsoon of negativity. That’s by no means the intention. I meant to lift consciousness for suicide and suicide prevention and whereas I assumed ‘if this video saves simply ONE life, it’ll be value it,’ I used to be misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed within the video. I nonetheless am.”
He shared a tearful video the next day, describing the stunt as a “extreme and steady lapse in judgement.”
The Los Angeles-based Paul’s YouTube channel has over 15 million subscribers.