YouTube celebrity Logan Paul has outraged thousands with his suicide forest video, and now another video has surfaced from his trip to Japan that is not sitting well with locals. Could the second insensitive video mean an end to Paul’s social media career?
According to Page Six, the 22-year-old spent time in Tokyo pranking people throughout the city – including throwing toy Poke balls at them and sticking dead fish and raw squid tentacles on cars. He even decided to wear a kimono and conical hat for one of his stunts and a Pikachu onesie for another.
“I swear, Tokyo is just a giant playground,” Paul says while filming the gags. “Maybe it’s not. Maybe I should stop. Probably not.”
He shot the prank video just one day before his “dead body video,” which, according to The Huffington Post, featured disturbing footage of a suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. The video featured Paul and his friends laughing while showing a young man who died via suicide.
Paul has deleted the suicide video from his YouTube channel and issued an apology, but people aren’t buying it. A Change.org petition titled “Delete Logan Paul’s YouTube Channel” has accumulated over 190,000 signatures.
“A man who had family and friends chose to end his life, and you chose to share his death to your millions of followers without thinking about how his family/friends felt?” the petition reads. “It’s disgusting and shouldn’t be tolerated.”
As far as the prank video goes, it came from the YouTube site We The Unicorns, and they mashed up Paul’s vlogs. It immediately went viral on Twitter, getting about 3.5 million views. Paul also posted the prank video and titled it “We Fought in the Middle of Tokyo,” and the comments – translated by Kotaku East – showed how much he angered the people of Japan.
One user called Paul an idiot, while another told him to “go home.” Others wrote, “Dumb American,” and said to never come back.
Many celebrities took to Twitter to voice their opinions on Paul’s actions, including Chrissy Teigen and internet celeb Anna Akana. Neither was happy with Paul’s videos, and Akana accused him of having no awareness when it comes to mental health.
Japanese YouTuber Reina Scully backed up others views that Paul sees the people of Japan as “caricatures” rather than human beings. Many have pointed out that Paul has shown insensitive behavior towards Asians long before his Japan trip, claiming he has a history of undermining Asians and other people of color. Actor Jimmy Wong demonstrated this by using some of Paul’s past tweets.
Despite the outrage over Logan Paul’s recent videos, he has seen an increase in subscribers over the past week.