Logan Paul And The Mockery Of Suicide

Preston, England
January 2, 2018 5:39pm CST
It is rare for me to find something or someone genuinely offensive, but a news story breaking this morning proved to be an exception to the rule. It concerns a Video blogger (Vlogger) called Logan Paul and his desecration of a Japanese forest noted for the number of suicides that take place there. I’ll talk about the forest first. Aokigahara is a forest growing on a volcanic area on the slopes of Mount Fuji. Much of the region is filled with ice-blocked cave holes that have the eerie effect of absorbing sound. This gives the place a spooky atmosphere that has earned the forest a reputation for being haunted. The site is a major tourist attraction and sadly, it also attracts many depressed people who choose to commit suicide among the trees. There are many notices there advising those contemplating ending their lives to think again and seek help. Many visitors create blog about the sad atmosphere of the area. Most treat the forest with alldue awe and respect. It is after all a memorial garden for the relatives of those who chose to die there. Then came Logan Paul. He is a Z-list vlogging celebrity, with a few minor movie roles and fame for no other reason than being famous. Touring Japan, he arrived with a whole crew of film-makers and admirers in Aokigahara right after the New Year. He was dressed in a silly monster hat with multiple eyes and generally goofed around prattling about how spooky the woods are, though clearly not taking any of it seriously. Things then got really serious when by sheer dumb luck he stumbled on a body, a man who had committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree possibly just hours before Paul arrived. He should have phoned the police to report the find. Instead he got footage of the body, and laughed at one of his friends for being spooked by the discovery. He didn’t treat the find as a terrible tragedy, but as if it was the coolest jape ever. He and his crew trampled all over a scene that needs forensic investigation. He couldn’t wait to post his findings, only having the sense to mercifully crudely pixilate out the face of the deceased. His blog and twitter audience fortunately reacted with great disgust, and the video was quickly removed though edited copies are widely circulated by commentators. Paul has made desperate attempts to apologize, as his reputation ha ended up in tatters, deservedly so, saying crassly that it wasn’t done for attention as he has lots of fame and attention anyway. His lack of respect for a dead man, mental depression, and grieving families is astonishing. The indignity for the dead guy to find himself a plaything for an insensitive selfish moron is making me so angry. I never heard of Aokigahara until this incident. I wish I had learned of it a better way. I would like to visit the forest but it would be with all due reverence and respect for the people who choe it as their final look at the World. It is certainly not a place for a pathetic Narcissistic clown like Logan Paul. Arthur Chappell
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@Courtlynn (54330)
• United States
3 Jan
I read about this on twitter this morning, and was upset. But I continued my day and got over it as there's nothing I can do about it. Glad I didn't see the video though, as I definitely would've been angry longer if I had.
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• Preston, England
3 Jan
@Courtlynn I purposely avoided giving lnks that could lead to his pages - no point in feeding his membership
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@Courtlynn (54330)
• United States
3 Jan
@arthurchappell im glad you didnt. Though i have since watched a video thing, where they mentioned what he did and little bits of the video like of him laughing and such. Makes me sick
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• Preston, England
3 Jan
@Courtlynn it is pretty repulsive viewing - just going there in such a childish hat sums up his intentions from the start
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@KristenH (21065)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
3 Jan
I've just heard about him on the news. He was recently in an episode of Top Chef this season, about a week ago.
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• United States
3 Jan
It's really sad and reminds me of those three teens who watched a man drown, and laughed the whole time. I think this was last summer, and they didn't break any laws at all. I'm glad people were disgusted with his behavior in the Forest.
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@Daelii (2644)
• United States
3 Jan
You might want to relook into it! I thought charges were eventually brought against them
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@Daelii (2644)
• United States
3 Jan
Here is a link charges filed
Cocoa Police Chief Mike Cantaloupe is pursuing criminal charges against five teens who were accused of involvement in filming the drowning of a man in Cocoa.
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• Preston, England
3 Jan
@Daelii quite right too
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@Daelii (2644)
• United States
3 Jan
That's awful. I'm glad his followers didn't mindless ly applaud and congratulate him. I don't understand how people can be that heartless.
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• Preston, England
3 Jan
@Daelii yes, hard to think what was going through his mind - certainly not thoughts
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@Daelii (2644)
• United States
3 Jan
@arthurchappell yeah, I saw a documentary on it. Its really sad that society has got like that. :(
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@marguicha (82633)
• Chile
2 Jan
Fortunately I had never heard of this man before. I think that he deserves to be punished by the law. Although maybe there is no law about laughing about something serious, yet he showed that he did not call the police as he should have.
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@gaianoor (735)
• Tirana, Albania
2 Jan
This is one of the worst things i ever heard these days and these called celebrity are making every day those stupid things. And the worst thing is everyone talking about this.
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• Preston, England
3 Jan
@gaianoor hopefully the voices of condemnation will outweigh the voices pampering to his ego
@gaianoor (735)
• Tirana, Albania
3 Jan
@arthurchappell i doubt, but i hope so
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@LadyDuck (125944)
• Switzerland
3 Jan
I hope that actions will be taken against this stupid insensitive guy who does not deserve to have a place in the Internet.
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• Preston, England
3 Jan
@LadyDuck it would be great if Youtube shut his account on him but they are probably enjoying the surge in traffic that he has generated
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@LadyDuck (125944)
• Switzerland
3 Jan
@arthurchappell This is what I think, those social media platforms like to have a surge in traffic, they will never close those accounts.
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• Preston, England
3 Jan
@LadyDuck yes, I agree - too much money changing hands
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@WorDazza (8673)
• Manchester, England
3 Jan
In these days of wall-to-wall blogging, vlogging and whatever other types of logging there may be people are becoming more and more cynical in their attempts to stand out. Often they cross a line. For me it's not about the fact he crossed a line because that can happen to the best of us in the heat of the moment. It's more about how it's dealt with afterwards and, as you pointed out even his apology was pretty narcissistic. I must confess to never having heard of this buffoon prior to this story. At least now I can actively avoid him!!
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• Preston, England
3 Jan
@WorDazza I never heard of him before this either - I guess that is why he did it
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@WorDazza (8673)
• Manchester, England
3 Jan
@arthurchappell Yeah, despite his claims of already having enough publicity!!!
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• Preston, England
3 Jan
@WorDazza I think it is an approach to fame that he will come to regret
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@LeaPea2417 (15908)
• Toccoa, Georgia
3 Jan
I just read about this today. Some people think his YouTube channel should be shut down while others think he should be given another chance, since he did apologize.
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• Preston, England
3 Jan
@LeaPea2417 the wording of his apology actually did as much to offend as the disrespect he showed the hanging man itself. His comments say he didn't just do it for the publicity as he has all the publicity he needs anyway - it came across as vain and smug
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@LeaPea2417 (15908)
• Toccoa, Georgia
3 Jan
@arthurchappell Oh ok, I understand.
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• Philippines
11 Jan
He was just pathetic for doing his videos in Japan. He disrupted every Japanese over there and he took advantage of the fact people there didn't engage him for his behavior. He definitely killed his career, if only youtube wasn't protecting him.
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• Preston, England
11 Jan
@Letranknight2015 Youtube is only protecting itself - it likes the controversy as it means people look at his videos (their videos) in their thousands
@JESSY3236 (5224)
• United States
3 Jan
I have heard of this forest. His followers need to unfollow him.
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• Preston, England
3 Jan
@JESSY3236 yes, totally agree
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• United States
3 Jan
i'm sure that's the only reason that kid apologized too-because he lost followers.
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• Preston, England
3 Jan
@scarlet_woman yes the apology is just a desperate cynical face saving exercise
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@teamfreak16 (37041)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18h
Never heard of the guy. Doesn't sound as if I've missed much.
@Madshadi (6979)
• Brussels, Belgium
3 Jan
Well, he did get famous. For being an insensitive moron