Logan Paul Exploited A Victim Of Suicide In Order To Make Money

Logan Paul Exploited A Victim Of Suicide In Order To Make Money

Suicide is not a laughing matter.
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A job that has become extremely appealing to young people recently is to become a YouTuber, but the increase in content creators on YouTube’s site has driven many of them to try to get views on their videos by any means necessary. Most of the time that means making a fake story time video or putting a clickbait title on their videos, but Logan Paul decided to take it a step further.

Paul is known for showing off how much money and how many fans he has, and in order to maintain his popularity, he usually clickbaits. With Paul’s most recent video, he thought that it would be a good idea to exploit the suffering of people with mental health struggles for views.

He went to Japan and visited the Aokigahara forest, also known as the suicide forest, to film a vlog, but then came across a dead body and showed it on camera. Keep in mind, Paul’s viewers are mostly children, and just the fact that the Aokigahara forest is also called the “suicide forest” should have raised a red flag that this video would not be appropriate for his audience. Children should be taught about mental health, but they should not be subjected to the gruesome images that he displayed in his video.

In the video, Paul says that his intention was to make a fun vlog for his fans, but the site of where many people ended their own lives sounds like the last place to be for a light-hearted video. The Aokigahara forest’s reputation is a glimpse into the stigma on mental illness in Japan, and it is disgusting that Paul chose to make a profit off of a suicide victim. The victim was disrespected by the video not only because their body was being shown for shock value that would get Paul more views, but also by the fact that Paul stood next to their body and laughed. He downplayed the seriousness of the situation and joked with his friends about how crazy it was that they had run into a dead body, all the while ignoring the fact that the victim had been a living, breathing person that was dealing with so many hardships that they felt they had no other option but to end their life.

Paul posted an apology after he received backlash for his video, but it is more than clear that his apology is not sincere. Just the fact that the thumbnail of his Aokigahara forest video featured the dead body proves that he wanted to turn the victim’s death into a spectacle that would make him trend on YouTube. One would assume that such a heartless video would have been taken down by YouTube immediately, but it was actually up long enough to get 6 million views. In no universe does it make sense for a video like Paul’s to be monetized and remain up on YouTube after being reviewed by their content assessment team when countless LGBTQ+ videos have been demonetized even though they were not graphic in any way.

If Paul truly believed that his video was going to spread awareness about mental health, then he lacks basic common sense. Showing the dead body of a victim of suicide is triggering for someone with a mental illness to see, and then on top of that to make jokes about the fact that you found the body shows a lack of empathy. Paul keeps trying to fight off the claim that he uploaded the video for views, but it is hard to believe when even in his apology he made to sure to bring up how successful his YouTube career has been.

To anyone struggling with a mental illness, please go look at the Buddy Project’s website because it is full of helpful resources such as hotline numbers and self-harm alternatives.

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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

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It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

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My Story As A Recovering Self-Harmer

Content warning: Self-harm.

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Since high school, I have physically and knowing self-harmed as a way to distract myself. It has been almost 7 years and right now I have only been a few months clean. In the past 7 years, I have relapsed more than a couple of times. I have gone months at a time and found myself at a breaking point.

I know it's nobody's business and it might be oversharing but this is meant for primary readers. For those who are going through recovery or just began today. If secondary or tertiary readers stumble upon this then I hope it helps you understand from the other side.

I am still recovering. The thing about addiction is that you can never fully be "cured." You can be clean for years and still relapse. The key is to decide to try again.

I call it an addiction because it was. I grabbed the razor before I could even understand why I was numb. I did it multiple times a day and sometimes I didn't need an actual reason.

It was a sort of ripple effect. I couldn't stop the ripples into turning into the next one and instead, I just watched as they spread. One second I was OK and the next I locked the door.

Some people smoke and some people drink. I hate the smell of smoke and can't stand the taste of alcohol but I often wish I could use those as a distraction for my distraction. I do many things now to distract myself from getting too close to another relapse. I let out a scream to alarm my family or I start running. The first few seconds of the attempt are the hardest. It's an internal pain that makes you itch inside out.

After a few minutes have passed I can usually begin to calm myself. I sit down and remind myself that everything is OK. It isn't always easy so calling a friend is always an option.

Sometimes I end up crying in order to release all the built-up emotions. When minutes have passed and I am still filled with tears I force myself to grab something to eat. I have realized that I can't cry and eat at the same time. I grab anything. Sometimes my siblings make me something instead.

I am seeking professional help for those who are wondering. I am almost half a year clean and I have two caring and supportive friends and a family who does their best to understand and support me.

Recovery is not easy when it comes to mental illness because the results aren't always visible like a broken bone. Any amount of self felt recovery is amazing. It's a step towards a better you. Talking to people and seeking professional help are all steps.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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