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.

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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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

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

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Staying Quiet Is Never The Answer

Never hold in anything—always talk to someone.


"Talk to someone" may be a phrase used all of the time, but I'm serious when I say, talk to someone.

I cannot stress enough the importance of talking to someone when you are going through anything difficult that is bringing you down. Believe me when I say that this is something I had to learn myself. I'm the queen of not talking about anything to anyone and wearing my, "Everything is okay" mask, but that is one of the most unhealthy things you can do. Holding everything in is so damaging to you emotionally and mentally. When you bottle everything, it will eventually all come out and it will be on someone you are close to who had no idea about anything you tell them.

My reason for not talking was always that my problems would add a burden to someone else and I never wanted to do that; the truth is, those that care about you think more about ways they can help than your problems being a burden for them. I've always been the person to hold everything in until it got to be too much and then I would explode on one of the people closest to me; not only was that damaging to me, but it was damaging to my relationship with that person as well.

Talking to someone is one of the most serious things you can do. People have been placed in your life as people you can vent to and tell everything to. I'm not saying vent to everyone in your life, but find at least one person you can trust and talk to them. The more you talk to people and let them in, the easier it gets to become something you do normally and the easier life gets. Even if you don't want to talk to someone close to you, there are hotlines you can call and talk to people who literally do that as their job. Your problems are not a burden and do not need to be held inside.

Talk to someone; the more you do it, the easier it gets.

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


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