Logan Paul came back to YouTube on the 24th of January, Wednesday, with his first appearance since he faced widespread condemnation for his controversial video of a dead body in a Japanese forest. At the beginning of the month, Logan faced the wrath of the mainstream media and the general public when he showed the body of a recently deceased suicide victim.
In his newest video, “Suicide: Be Here Tomorrow,” Logan, 22, spoke with a survivor of suicide, Kevin Hines, the founder of Alo House Recovery Center, Bob Forrest, and John Draper from the National Suicide Prevention, in an attempt to educate himself on a serious issue.
As you may know, suicide takes the lives of around 800,000 people across the world each year. Logan said in the clip that he “knows (he’s) made mistakes,” and “let people down” but he has taken the opportunity to help make a difference.
Logan, who hails from Ohio and first became famous for the videos he shared on Vine, admitted to his 16 million YouTube subscribers that he never knew another person who lost their life due to suicide.
Paul explained that he “wanted to be a part of the solution.” In the video, he went on to list the five essential steps to help someone who wants to commit suicide and announced his pledge of $1 million to suicide prevention organizations.
As a result of Logan’s video in the Aokigahara forest – the “Suicide Forest”- YouTube removed him from their Google Premium advertising service and canceled several of their collaborations.
Logan’s father came out in defense of the social media star and said: “he would be back.” He made a mistake, and it will take some time, but ultimately, his son has learned from his error.