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Aaron Paul blasts Logan Paul for insensitive YouTube stunt

Several celebrities chimed in to bash the YouTube star for his recent video.

Jan 2, 2018, 10:59 am

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Bryan Rolli 

Bryan Rolli

YouTuber Logan Paul incurred the wrath of several celebrities on Twitter after uploading a video of a dead body he found while visiting Japan’s “suicide forest.”

Among his loudest critics was Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul, who tweeted his condemnation of the YouTube star’s actions late Sunday. “How dare you! You disgust me,” he wrote. “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.”

https://twitter.com/aaronpaul_8/status/948032944408444928

The backlash against Paul has been swift and unrelenting, with many calling for YouTube to remove his channel, which boasts more than 15 million subscribers. Paul posted an apology last night, insisting that he “didn’t do it for views,” but rather had “intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention”—by uploading a video of a dead body hanging from a tree and laughing about it with his friends.

Perhaps predictably, Paul’s apology drew criticism as well. Swedish YouTube star PewDiePie—who’s no stranger to online controversy himself—blasted Paul in a tweet too, mocking his ignorance in posting the video and his subsequent apology. Meanwhile, fellow YouTuber Anna Akana called BS on Paul’s claims to raise awareness.

https://twitter.com/pewdiepie/status/947985730206396416

https://twitter.com/AnnaAkana/status/948080312159895552

Even if Paul’s apology is sincere, the fact that he failed to consider the insensitivity of his video at any point before posting it is alarming. Paul has millions of young, impressionable followers (whom he refers to as the #LoGang), and if can’t exercise a modicum of common sense and human decency while posting, perhaps he should relinquish his platform altogether.

For more information about suicide prevention or to speak with someone confidentially, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.) or Samaritans (U.K.).

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*First Published: Jan 2, 2018, 10:59 am