Logan Paul may have ruined his career by his rash actions while in Japan, however his mistakes have made us talk about suicide and that is what is needed.
When American YouTuber Paul uploaded a video of his tour of Japan nobody thought anything of it. It was not until they realised that he had taken his tour to the well-known Suicide Forest in Aokigahara that the controversy arose. The extravagent video content creator may have ended though with such a reckless and unthoughtful video.
Now let me get this straight before we begin. I know very little about depression and suicide. I know people who have gone through depression and anxiety as well as knowing of people who my friends have known who sadly have taken their lives. However it’s something that is occuring far too often and I strongly feel that it is something that needs to be stopped.
Logan knew exactly what he was doing when he left his hotel in Japan to visit Aokigahara. He knew that he was visiting an area of Japan that was well known as the location of many suicides in the Asian country and he knew that he would most likely see the result of such a harrowing action.
Now any normal person when filming would have made two decisions prior to their visit.
Firstly, they would have chosen not to visit Aokigahara, period. Suicide is something which affects not just the victim but their family, friends, colleagues and more. It is such a delicate topic that I understand how much it requires extreme focus and thought when writing about. Maybe Logan knew this when he planned his visit, maybe a small part of his conscience had suggested he cancel the plan and filmed another video about something else on his visit to Japan. But no, instead he decided to film his visit to the forest and upload it.
Secondly, as I have said suicide is a delicate topic. Any regular, thoughtful, caring, and compassionate video producer would have immediately stopped recording when a suicide victim had been found. They would not have filmed close-ups of the victim, they would have left the forest and informed the authorities. They would not have completely disrespected the victim’s family, they would have taken a step back and moved to make the correct actions by respecting the family, friends and others close to the victim. But Logan did not do this. It is a mistake that has cost him his career and it is a mistake that he should be utterly ashamed of.
Soon after Logan’s video was uploaded the media noticed the outrage swirling his video like a storm of anger. A storm that billowed around his rash and inconsiderate decision which will take a long time to disappear.
The YouTuber uploaded a video apology in which he said: “I should have never posted the video. I should have put the cameras down and stopped recording what we were going through.”
“I’m ashamed of myself,” he added. “I’m disappointed in myself.”
Since his public apology, YouTube have issued their response to the American’s actions and they have issued a vigorous punishment to Logan.
The online video producer no doubt has made vast amounts of money from his popular videos and strong fanbase, however YouTube have said they will remove Logan from their “Preferred Programme” which allows companies to advertise next to the video platform’s most popular content creators.
Logan was set to feature in a number of YouTube produced shows, however he will no longer be invovled in season four of ‘Foursome’ and his new Originals have been put on hold.
It may be a while before Logan is fully forgiven by the online community. However his mistake is something we should all learn from.
Suicide is not a taboo subject, it is something that can affect us all. We need to grow as a community and help those who are suffering from mental illness, depression and other suicidal-thought-provoking problems. It is time we worked together to cut this down and help those in need, if we all join together as a team we can do it.
If you know someone who is suffering from suicidal thoughts or you are feeling depressed yourself then you are not alone, there is help available and you can be supported. Please contact one of the services below, they are all here to help you.