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YouTuber ‘sorry’ for dead body suicide video

Daily vlogger Logan Paul pulled the video from his channel and said he was “wrong” and “misguided by shock and awe” in a statement released following a huge backlash.

In the video, entitled “We found a dead body in the Japanese suicide forest”, Paul is seen with friends in Japan’s Aokigahara forest before they discover the body of a man hanging.

The 22-year-old tells viewers that the group visited the area intending to focus on the “haunted” aspect of the forest, a frequent site of suicides, before things got “very real”.

YouTuber ‘sorry’ for dead body suicide video
YouTuber ‘sorry’ for dead body suicide video

The clip, which was viewed more than a million times before it was taken down, showed the man’s body with his face blurred.

Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg

— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) 2 January 2018

Other prominent YouTubers such as Philip DeFranco and Charles Trippy are among those criticising the video maker on Twitter.

Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul also tweeted: “I can’t believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad. Hopefully this latest video woke them up. You are pure trash. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. Go rot in hell.”

In his statement, posted to Twitter, Paul said he was “sorry” about the content and insisted “it won’t happen again”.

He said: “This is a first for me. I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before. I’m surrounded by good people and believe I can make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong.

“I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.

“That’s never the intention. I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought ‘if this video saves just ONE life, it’ll be worth it’, I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video. I still am.”

He added: “With great power comes great responsibility… for the first time in my life I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won’t happen again.”

:: Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org in the UK.

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