Logan Paul Didn't Make A 'Mistake,' Logan Paul Does Not Deserve Your Forgiveness

Logan Paul Didn't Make A 'Mistake,' Logan Paul Does Not Deserve Your Forgiveness

Apparently Logan Paul's New Year's resolution was to make a mockery of suicide.

Japan's "Suicide Forest" (Aokigahara) is just about as grim as it sounds. The forest sometimes sees upwards of 100 deaths a year: All to suicide. It is one of the most popular places in the world for people choosing to end their lives. Many people who walk into the forest never walk back out.

But some of the people who walk into the forest record a video of a dead body, laugh and post it on the internet for views.

That person would be Logan Paul, of previous Vine stardom and current YouTube personality and actor. Paul was in Japan, hitting the hot spots including trudging into Aokigahara, apparently for the purposes of shooting some spooky ghost footage.

But all previous video intentions shifted when Paul saw a dead body hanging from a tree and chose to record it, go closer to the body for a closeup, blur out his face and post the footage in a YouTube video intended for his incredibly young, impressionable audience.

And his 22 year old adult self is now apologizing for this grave mistake.

Except for, as adults who aren't either complete garbage, complete morons or both, we know this is bullshit.

Because never in our right minds, never would a decent human being decide to take video footage of a stranger who, for reasons beyond what we can comprehend, chose to go out to a forest and end their life. And if we somehow ended up with that footage, we most certainly wouldn't edit it and post it on YouTube to our 12 year old fans under the guise of suicide awareness. And we most CERTAINLY wouldn't publish a half assed apology that says the word "I" or "me" 25 times, or post a tweet underneath our more-sincere-but-still-worthless video apology that says "Like if you're in the Logang!"

Because we're decent people. And objectively, truthfully and unquestionably, Logan Paul is not.

Logan Paul is not some kid who just messed up. Logan Paul is an adult man with a massive youthful following who posted a video of a dead man on a public platform he typically used for comedy (his words, not mine.) Young children and teens with only a small understanding of depression and suicide and all the complexities that go along with those were thrown headfirst into understanding when they clicked on their favorite YouTube channel to see a body hanging from a tree.

This wasn't a mistake and this isn't forgivable.

This is an example of a privileged white boy exploiting one of the most horrific things we know for views and money.

Paul was visibly shocked upon seeing the body, but within minutes was laughing. The effect of seeing somebody in that state wasn't enough to touch him for more than a few minutes, and he wants to preach about suicide awareness and mental health. No thanks. There is truly and honestly nobody worse to listen to about the horrors of suicide than somebody who saw it firsthand and laughed and posted it on the internet.

Logan Paul didn't make a mistake and Logan Paul does not deserve your forgiveness.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org to learn your resources and get the help you deserve.

Cover Image Credit: Logan Paul / YouTube

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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