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Emma Conway

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Popular Youtube creator Logan Paul uploaded a video on December 31st, in which he filmed a dead body. This video did not stay online for long, as the whole internet blew up with outraged comments and disgusted judgments.

The video, which was eventually taken down by Paul, was originally supposed to be a video about the haunted “Suicide Forest.” This forest is actually named the Aokigahara, and is unfortunately the site of roughly 100 suicides a year.

The forest is constantly monitored but after a movie came out about it, the site has quickly gained more recognition and drawn more tourists.

Paul was led into the forest by a guide. Shortly after entering the forest, he happens upon a dead body. Instead of calling the police and turning off his camera, he continued to film the body, even zooming in.

Fans later defended him, saying that “he was respectful because he blurred out the face.” However, this was an extremely unpopular opinion.

Upon finding the body, Paul and his friends proceeded to go closer and make jokes.

Suddenly, the tone changes when Paul then turns on some sad music and starts talking about mental health awareness. This would be an appropriate video to make, had he not been standing in front of a dead body.

“This was all gonna be a joke, why did it become so real?” says the chuckling YouTuber.

Anyone who went on Twitter for the next week would be greeted with tweets regarding this video. The whole internet was upset and angry. Most tweets basically said that he never should have posted the video, and that he never should have gone into the forest with a camera or at all.

Actress Anna Akana commented on the situation saying, “That body was a person someone loved. You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.”

After facing thousands of tweets worth of scrutiny, the social media star released an apology message.

Part of Paul’s statement read, “I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.”

Many people felt that this apology was not genuine and that he did not truly feel sorry. Most people were angry because he claimed to be raising awareness for suicide, when in reality this could be very damaging to some people’s mental health.

Numerous tweets were posted containing the number for suicide hotlines, knowing that some people could need it after seeing the video.

A lot of the outrage was because Paul’s audience is filled with younger kids who are now defending him. This teaches them that this was okay, and leads to them being attacked on social media by angry users.

Most of the internet has moved on by now, but the anger still remains. People are demanding that his channel be taken down, and that he be removed from all social media.

This is a serious problem that should never have happened. It should be common sense to not film something so graphic and disrespectful. Everyone needs to learn when to put the phone down and think before they post.

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One Response to “YouTube Scandal”

  1. Abigail Fabela on September 4th, 2018 11:24 am

    “everyone needs to learn when to put the phone down and think before they post” 100% agree! Youtubers are wayyyyy too desperate for content, and this is an awesome example.

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