Logan Paul And The Mockery Of Suicide
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
13 people like this
• United States
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.
• United States
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.
• Manchester, England
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!!
• Preston, England
@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
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.