Logan Paul Is A Professional Manipulator Who Used Suicide As Clickbait

Logan Paul Is A Professional Manipulator Who Used Suicide As Clickbait

The YouTuber tried to capitalize off of tragedy, and in doing so, may have ruined his career.

To those of you who don’t know who Logan Paul is, congratulations.

The 22-year-old YouTube creator, with a combined 51 million followers, may have just ended his career with one 15-minute video.

On New Year’s Eve, Paul uploaded a since-deleted vlog in which he and his friends explored Aokigahara, Japan. Also known as "Suicide Forest," Aokigahra is known for its high suicide rates, with an estimated 10 to 30 suicides per year. In 2003, a record 105 bodies were recovered.

Paul was disrespectful from the beginning of the vlog, obnoxiously joking with his friends as they arrived and asking any spirits in the forest to refrain from haunting them. As he put on a jacket before entering the forest, he joked, "if I'm getting haunted by a ghost, I'm gonna do it in my fucking Gucci jacket, I wanna look good."

At the midpoint of the vlog, the group encounters what they later confirmed to be the body of a recent suicide victim hanging from a tree. While Paul's friends giggled, he pointed out that "this isn't a fucking joke, guys" as he continued filming.

Only blurring out the victim's head, Paul filmed himself with the victim in the background as he asked the group's tour guide to call the authorities.

In arguably the most upsetting part of the video, Paul gets as close as possible to the victim, showing a close-up of the victim's hands, noting their purple color.

Paul then claims suicide and mental health awareness as his reasoning for filming the victim, noting that "depression isn't a joke, guys, suicide isn't a joke."

Except, Logan Paul, filming the body of a person who committed suicide not even 24 hours before you decided to joke around in a place only second to the Golden Gate Bridge in its suicide rates is not "raising awareness."

It's exploitation.

Contrary to his disingenuous apology posted on Twitter, Paul was, in fact, doing this for views. He filmed the victim as clickbait in a move to get the most views, most likes and most intense shock factor.

All he wants is attention and money.

And that's exactly what he got – the video reached over six million views and was number 10 on YouTube's Trending feed before it was taken down.

Yes, this was just a YouTube video. No, Paul really isn't that famous.

But since the majority of his 15 million subscribers on YouTube are impressionable kids and teenagers who he regularly manipulates with wild clickbait, this is a big deal.

Paul's loyal followers, which he calls the "Logang," quickly came to his defense, most claiming he only made a mistake and should be forgiven.

This support was short-lived, and other YouTube creators and celebrities publicly condemned Paul.

Actress and YouTube creator Anna Akana reminded Paul that her own sister committed suicide, adding, "you do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness."

YouTube creator Kendall Rae called the video "sickening" and asked YouTube to remove the video "immediately."

Even high-profile celebrities like journalist Piers Morgan, "Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul and "Game of Thrones'" Sophie Turner slammed Paul.

Vlogger Casey Neistat gave Paul advice, suggesting he "make a donation to the National Suicide Lifeine [sic]" or invite "experts in the field to share information about prevention" on Paul's channel.

Adding fuel to the fire, Paul posted an additional video apology on Twitter, in which he offered his condolences to his fans, the victim and the victim's family, subsequently requesting that his followers not defend him.

While Paul may appear sincere in his apology, he did wait two whole days to make the video, and, again, left the original forest vlog uploaded for 24 hours, just enough time for him to make a profit.

The majority of the YouTube community is calling for his channel to be suspended or deleted, and even after YouTube released an official statement on the matter to YouTube's go-to creator for news and controversy, Philip DeFranco, the company's plans are unclear.

What is clear, however, is that Logan Paul is no stranger to manipulation. He tried to capitalize off of tragedy, and in doing so, may have ruined his livelihood.

I don't feel bad for him, and neither should you.

If you are struggling with depression, self-harm or suicidal thoughts, do not hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text WELL to 741-741 to speak or text with certified counselors.

Cover Image Credit: Logan Paul / YouTube

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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it seems almost like a page

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a time that i thought

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a million years before

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for the rest of my life

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looking back i wonder why

i couldnt leave you then

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my misery maintained until

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