Logan Paul got smacked in the face with the tough reality that not EVERYTHING should be shared on the internet.
The 22-year-old YouTube star – who has over 15 million subscribers – posted a video on his channel of a man’s lifeless body hanging in the “Japanese Suicide Forest.”
“This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted on this channel. I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history,” Paul said in the video posted on New Year’s Eve including a disclaimer about seeking help if you are dealing with depression. He can also be heard asking the body, “Yo are you alive? Are you f*cking with us?”
Paul blurred out the man’s body from a distance but later blurred only his face and showing off the man’s “purple hands.”
Needless to say, the backlash was SWIFT on social media with commenters (and even celebs) offering up harsh words for the internet star.
Paul soon after offered up a lengthy apology on social media:
Where do I begin…
Let’s start with this –
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.
I didn’t do it for views. I get views. 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. 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.
I do this sh*t every day. I’ve made a 15 minute TV show EVERY SINGLE DAY for the past 460+ days. One may understand that it’s easy to get caught up in the moment without fully weighing the possible ramifications.
I’m often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have & with great power comes great responsibility… for the first time in my life I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won’t happen again.
I love everyone. I believe in people. I’m out here. Peace #Logang4Life
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
Logan has since deleted the video from his channel.