YouTube star Logan Paul is taking a break from his daily vlog after uploading a video which showed the body of a suicide victim.
Paul, who has over 15m YouTube subscribers, caused a worldwide outcry after he uploaded a vlog of himself stumbling across a dead body in Japan's infamous Aokigahara forest, and after releasing an apology video, tweeted, "taking time to reflect (sic) no vlog for now (sic) see you soon."
Known by locals as the "suicide forest" due to the alarming number of people who end their lives there, Paul's video attracted a barrage of criticism from all corners of the Internet, in particular, mental health advocates, who believe the YouTuber exploited the discovery to gain clicks for his channel.
The footage, which has since been deleted, showed the star boasting of the discovery before cameras zoomed in on the body, with only its face blurred.
According to New York Magazine, Paul began the video by exclaiming, "This is not clickbait. This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel. I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history because I’m pretty sure this has never hopefully happened to anyone on YouTube ever. Now with that said: Buckle the f— up, because you’re never gonna see a video like this again!”
It's worth noting that the controversial video did include a link to the American Society for Suicide Prevention in the clip’s description, but the disturbingly comical-like nature of the video did Paul no favors at all, and even celebrities like Arron Paul- who played the depressed drug addict Jesse Pinkman on the AMC series, Breaking Bad- criticised the vlogger on Twitter.
What are your thoughts on this debacle? Is the criticism more than justified, or has the criticism levied against the video turned into a witch hunt?
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