On Monday December 31st, 2017 famous YouTube vlogger Logan Paul posted his final video of the year. The videos original intent was to conclude Paul’s three part series on his trip to Japan. Logan and his group of companions ventured into the Aokigahara forest, known for its history as a location for people completing and attempt suicide, in hopes to capture some paranormal events that the forest has become infamous for. However the video resulted in the discovery of a supposed dead body of a person who completed suicide.
Paul began his video with a personal address to his audience, quoted from NYMag.com, letting them know,
“This is not clickbait. This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel, I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history because I’m pretty sure this has never hopefully happened to anyone on YouTube ever.”
Going forward in the video Paul tells his viewers to be prepared for what's in store for them, “Now with that said: Buckle the (expletive) up, because you’re never gonna see a video like this again!” Also from NYMag.
The 15 minute video contained some mild jokes about the surrounding area and other comments as the group hiked through the forest. It is then that Paul and friends noticed a body hanging in farther off in the distance.
After questioning if it was just a person and then realizing he was filming a dead body Paul turns the camera to himself, to explain “So, a lot of things are going through my mind. This is a first for me.” Also adding that “Suicide is not a joke. Depression and mental illness are not a joke. This obviously just became very real.”
After the posting of the video it was viewed more than 6 million times before removing the video from Youtube on the 1st, at the same time Logan posted an apology on twitter, apologizing that he posted the video and for all the criticism. He said that he thought he could “make a positive ripple on the internet, not a monsune of negativity.”
A majority of the criticisms came from the people's views that he was using the person to gain publicity, that he was insensitive to the situation, and that his light hearted stance and the humor and laughter that was in the video was rude to what had happen to that person.
After receiving additional criticism that his twitter apology wasn’t sinsear, Paul posted a two and a half minute video apology, describing that he was truly sorry. He did not intend for the video to send the message that he had been received as.
Then on January 3rd, Logan took to twitter once again to say that he would be taking a break from YouTube.
While Paul may have chosen his leave of abscess, YouTube dropped him from their premium advertising ranks on Thursday the 11th. While not detrimental to his career, Paul will lose many lucrative deals impacting his future as a full time Vlogger.