By Jackie Martinez ’18
Who is Logan Paul?
22 year old Logan Paul, along with his brother, 21 year old Jake Paul, began their famous journey on Vine, but Twitter shut Vine down. The Paul brothers had to pick a different route: YouTube and movies.
Why is Logan under fire?
Logan uploaded a vlog on YouTube titled, “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest.” Before even clicking this horrifying video, the thumbnail shows a dead body hanging from a tree, slightly blurring the head and torso.
During the video, Logan says to his friend filming the video, “What? You never stood next to a dead guy?” ending his question with laughter.
How did social media respond to Logan’s shocking video?
Before the video was removed, Logan Paul received millions of views. Afterwards, Logan received massive backlash on Twitter from fans, non-fans, and celebrities. Many tweeted out their disappointment and frustration towards Logan Paul.
Particularly, Actor Aaron Paul tweeting “Logan Paul, go to hell,” and Anna Akana, actress and producer, tweeting “You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.”
How did Logan respond to the backlash?
Logan responded on Twitter saying, “I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. That’s never the intention.” Ending his “apology” on this serious topic with “I love everyone. I believe in people. I’m out here. Peace. #Logang4Life.”
How did YouTube respond to Logan’s controversial video?
YouTube responded, “We expect more of the creators who build their community on @YouTube, as we’re sure you do too. The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences.”
- Vlog Channel: Logan Paul Vlogs
- YouTube Channel: TheOfficialLoganPaul
- Over 20 millions subscribers combined