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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.”
Dear @LoganPaul,— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) January 2, 2018
How dare you! You disgust me. 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.
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.
Dear @LoganPaul,— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) January 2, 2018
When my brother found my sister’s body, he screamed with horror & confusion & grief & tried to save her. That body was a person someone loved.
You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.
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.
Bryan Rolli is a reporter who specializes in streaming entertainment. He writes about music and film for Forbes, Billboard, and the Austin American-Statesman. He met Flavor Flav in two separate Las Vegas bowling alleys and still can’t stop talking about it.