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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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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4 Books That I Have Been Recommended By My Students

I often get book recommendations from my students so I'm sharing some here.


Today, one of my students recommended a book to me that I had never heard of before. I always maintain the fact that no teacher is ever so knowledgable that they themselves cannot be a student from time to time. Hearing an eager, young reader fiercely insist that I read their current favorite book was encouraging. To hear any student advocating for a book fills me with pride as I, myself, was an avid reader at their age.

The books that I have listed below are ones that my students have recommended to me over the last few months. They are surprisingly varied and even come from different genres. I am very thankful for my students and more than anything, I am thankful that they are excited enough to share their favorites with me.

1. The Serpent's Secret


I was recommended The Serpent's Secret today when one of my students and I connected over our shared Indian heritage. She excitedly told me that I "have" to read the book because it is one of her favorites. She specifically asked me to watch out for interesting references to Indian sweets and snacks that are present throughout the book.

2. Robinson Crusoe


Although this is an older classic that I had heard of and read before, I was mostly recommended this book by a majority of my students. I concluded that it was because they had most recently read this book in class. Nevertheless, I was excited by their apparent interest in the classics.

3. Treasure Island


Treasure Island was the same for me when it came to being shocked by my students' apparent interest in more classic tales. When I asked the class what their favorite books were, more than half had a favorite book that was written more than 50 years ago or older.

4. Wonder


This book was also recently made into a film, and the combination of the two made my previous classroom of students, from last year, particularly excited.

These are some of the books that my kiddos have told me about over time. Hearing what they are reading keeps me relevant and I get to understand my students at a different level. Book choices reflect personalities and identities, along with their interests. Knowing what they're reading and the fact that they are willing to share that with me increases the trust between us and helps form stronger teacher-student relationships.

I will be reading these books as soon as possible, and they will be the very tippy top of my reading list. I have also been sharing some of my favorite books with my students. I even brought a complete collection of Shakespeare's works to class today, which they each took a turn looking at. Oh, and also, the books that they share are always really fun!

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