Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Banished YouTuber, Logan Paul, Attempts To Make Amends

Logan Paul Twitter 2 Banished YouTuber, Logan Paul, Attempts To Make Amends
Melissa Porter | 27 January, 2018, 16:04

It showed Paul and his friends joking around when they discovered the body of a man hanging in Japan's Aokigahara forest.

While his subjects' stories are certainly moving, one can't help but wonder if the video is more about Paul reinstalling himself as one of the Internet's untouchable elite than a genuine push for suicide awareness.

"You never knew anyone who killed themselves?" Paul and his crew approach the victim and, with just the face blurred, film the body from a mere few feet away, going so far as to comment on the "purple color of his hands". To put it simply, the video is deeply upsetting, and resulted in Paul's banishment from the YouTube community and a tsunami of criticism from the media, with celebrities like Aaron Paul (no relation) and Sophie Turner publicly addressing the vlogger's audacity.

The video also features a conversation between Logan and Dr. John Draper, the director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The new episode on Paul's vlog featured Kevin Hines who survived jumping off of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in his suicide attempt at 19, NPR said.

He returned with a seven-minute suicide prevention video entitled Suicide: Be Here Tomorrow, which he hopes will "make a difference in the world". Paul also made the hanging body the video's thumbnail and can be heard laughing, "What, you never stand next to a dead guy?" rightfully inciting global backlash.

He later apologised for the clip, which was viewed more than a million times before it was taken down, saying it was "wrong" and "misguided".

In all fairness, it's possible some of the remaining $750,000 Paul pledges to donate will go to suicide prevention organizations within Japan (considering that a Japanese-speaking guide appears in some of Paul's videos, language barriers shouldn't be a concern, and regardless, if you've got enough cash to donate a million bucks, you've got enough to hire a translator).

Whether or not Paul has transformed for the better is hard to say at this point.