YouTuber Logan Paul has apologised and deleted a video titled ‘We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest . . .’ , the Washington Post reports. In it, he and a group of friends ventured into Japan’s Aokigahara forest (sometimes called the ‘suicide forest’ because of the amount of suicides that take place there) looking for a place to camp when they discover a hanging body.
The removed video reportedly started with a viewer discretion warning to Paul’s 15 million subscribers. Paul also explained he hadn’t monetised the video: ‘With that said: buckle the f*ck up, because you’re never gonna see a video like this again.’
Paul and his friends are then seen trekking into the forest before the camera cuts to the apparent suicide victim. ‘Bro, did we just find a dead person in the suicide forest?’ Paul asks. His friends approach the body asking if they are ‘fooling with us.’ Though Paul addresses the camera, explaining suicide and mental illnesses ‘are not a joke,’ he could be seen suppressing laughter later on, according to The Verge.
The video received instant backlash. YouTubers, celebrities, and fans, many of whom were distraught the alleged victim was barely blurred, slammed Paul’s decision to post the video in the first place:
How dare you! You disgust me. I can’t believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad. Hopefully this latest video woke them up. You are pure trash. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. Go rot in hell.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) January 2, 2018
When my brother found my sister’s body, he screamed with horror & confusion & grief & tried to save her. That body was a person someone loved.
You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.
— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) January 2, 2018
Imagine if everyone who had power and massive influence used it for good? Please don’t let @youtube views alter your values and morals. Common sense over ad sense. Stay woke. Spread love. Encourage growth. ??❤️
— Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) January 2, 2018
Suicide isn’t a joke of any sort & the fact that Logan Paul made a video & publicly posted a dead person to millions of young fans then had the nerve to laugh and joke after .. it’s fucking sickening if you support that then you’re just as sick & twisted
— Uchiha (@Zyphree_) January 2, 2018
Last night, Paul issued an apology, writing he’s ‘never faced criticism like this before, because [he’s] never made a mistake like this before,’ and that he ‘didn’t do it for views.’
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
He prefaced the original video by writing ‘tomorrow’s vlog will be the craziest and most real video I’ve ever uploaded.’
We have refrained from including the offensive video in this post. This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com