The 22-year-old is saying sorry.
YouTuber Logan Paul took to Twitter late on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, to apologize for his recent video, which reportedly featured a dead body. “Where do I begin…” the vlogger wrote in a lengthy text post. “Let’s start with this – I’m sorry.”
Paul continued, “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 make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong.”
Noting that he didn’t share the video to earn more clicks on his channel, Paul, who had been exploring an area of Japan known as “suicide forest” in the upload, explained that he’d hoped to “make a positive ripple on the internet.” He stated, “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.”
Paul has since deleted the video from his YouTube channel.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
According to New York Magazine, the video, titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…,” documented Paul walking through Aokigahara, a forest in Japan that’s known to be a popular location for people to take their lives. In the footage, Paul reportedly appears to find a dead body hanging from a tree. The publication notes that he blurred the corpse’s face.
After filming the body from afar, Paul reportedly tells his followers, “This was supposed to be a fun vlog.”
“Suicide is not a joke,” Paul goes on. “Depression and mental illness are not a joke. We came here with an intent to focus on the ‘haunted’ aspect of the forest. This obviously just became very real, and obviously a lotta people are going through a lotta s*** in their lives.”
New York Magazine reports that Paul said he was not monetizing the video, which reportedly hit 6.3 million views within just 24 hours of its upload, and had included information for the American Society for Suicide Prevention in the video’s description.
While we wait to see if the YouTuber addresses the matter any further, read all about the untold truth of Logan Paul.