At the beginning of the year, famous YouTube Vlogger Logan Paul posted one of his most controversial and talked about videos that consequently had media buzzing, and landed Paul in not a little hot water.
The video was meant to conclude his three-part series in Japan, that featured, as Paul claimed, “respect” toward the Japanese culture–– as he and his gang dressed up in traditional kimonos and proceeded to make fools of themselves in the middle of the city, mocking the citizen’s speech and launching Pokémon stuffed animals at them and moving cars.
In his last video in the series Paul entered the infamous Aokigahara forest, which is primarily known as the world’s second most popular place to take one’s life (behind the Golden Gate Bridge).
Paul claims his intentions were to film the haunted aspects of the forest, as cases of paranormal activity are reportedly abundant in this location as well.
However, what the group did encounter was an alleged suicide victim hanging from a tree. The group at first thought it was a joke and called out to the person. But as they got closer they realized they shouldn’t be acting the way they were.
Paul turned the camera to himself and said essentially, “Suicide and depression aren’t things to joke about, I’m trying to process this right now, and I have a lot of feelings going through my head.” (As the the video has been taken down, this is a paraphrase of his statement.)
After the post Paul received many criticisms to his piece, that he should have never posted it in the first place, that if he wanted to make a serious video like his opening said he should have cut out the jokes and laughter and made the piece more about awareness, not about discovering this person and freaking out about it.
Paul from then on fell down a spiral of apologies, a halt on all his current productions, loss of his reputation, and loss of his major advertising deal.
While Paul apologizes to his audience and anyone he may have offended, it was all to save face.
Paul knew what he was doing when he posted the video, what comments he would get for doing what he did, and the consequences that he could receive.
He just thought he could get away with it.
I know from experience, it takes a lot of time and tedious effort to create a video, and most of my videos are a few short minutes. Even with Paul’s experience the project would have taken anywhere from 3-7 hours to create, giving him enough time to not only think of what was going in the video, but how it would look, sound, and what he wanted to emphasize.
Like Paul, many YouTubers feel the need to post any and all events of the world. While this need creates some amazing moments, captures the beauty of the life, and can open people’s eyes to the world we may not know, for better or worse it also creates a drive to push the boundary too far.
Not everything in life should have the goal to get as many subscribers and likes without a second thought of whether or not something should be posted.
The disregard Paul showed to his fans, the general public, and any person who has experienced the outcomes of attempted and completed suicide was beyond disrespectful. It was outright abhorrent.
The consequences he received were just, regardless of what his loyal fans have said in his defense.
Paul’s incident should serve as a sign to the YouTube world that not everything that can be posted should be posted, especially the mockery of the more tragic aspects of the world