Logan Paul thinks he deserves another shot at being one of the most famous YouTubers. Earlier in the month, Logan found himself in serious trouble after he uploaded a video to the platform which showed him adventuring through the Aokigahara Forest in Japan – also known as “Suicide Forest” – where people often go to take their lives.
When Logan and his entourage arrived there, they discovered a recently deceased person who had died from an apparent suicide. The YouTuber shared the video and immediately experienced a tremendous backlash.
People accused Logan of glamorizing, exploiting, and making fun of mental health and suicide while using it to benefit his own channel, a charge the YouTube star denies.
Logan took to his social media not long after to say he was incredibly sorry. However, not everyone bought his apology. Additionally, Logan’s father spoke on the matter and said Logan would come back hard.
Yeah. The sequel. Shooting for my next movie: “@TheThinning – New World Order” starts TOMORROW! ? In an overpopulated world where human life is dictated by test scores, my character Blake Redding will once again get to shock the nation with his intense good looks & boyish charm ? #ACTING – Also I’m reading the script from the highest building in the world – Also notice @MaverickByLoganPaul pinky ring – Also new Rolex cuz Dubai ??YAAA??
Following the social media blowout, Paul lost his job from YouTube’s Red series, and Google Preferred announced they would no longer associate with him or his large following across several platforms.
Ever since the negative media attention, Logan had managed to keep a low profile until recently when TMZ spotted him at the LAX and asked him how he felt about everything.
Paul said that “everyone deserves second chances” and when the reporter asked him what he learned, Logan said “everything, so many things.” In Logan’s apology, the content creator stated he didn’t upload the video for views because he “already gets views.”
Paul imagined the video creating a “positive ripple on the internet,” rather than a “monsoon of negativity.” The intention was to raise awareness of depression and suicide but his actions were a result of feeling “shock and awe.”