Logan Paul: His Downhill Reputation


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Over winter break Youtuber Logan Paul posted a video of himself and a group of his friends as they went camping in the Aokigahara Forest in Japan, otherwise known and the “suicide forest,” where people go to the forest to commit suicide. Paul went into the forest vlogging hoping that he would capture the haunted side of the forest but instead they came across a dead body. The man had recently hung himself, and Paul decided to record the man hanging from the tree. He blurred his face out but zoomed in on the body. This resulted in Paul receiving  a monsoon of hate and anger.

In the beginning and at the end of the vlog, Paul gives a long disclaimer on why suicide isn’t the way out, but people have responded saying the video would have been just as effective without the dead body included in it.

Senior Jennifer Martin echoes the general consensus online about Paul’s video, “I think it is terrible. The poor family who is dealing with the death of a husband, father, or son will never get privacy from the death because the video is out there forever. That was not his place to post it. He has no respect for the family. He used the terrible situation in someone’s life to make more money and get more views, which is despicable.”

Some of Logan Paul’s fans have taken his side. They maintain that he made a mistake and we should forgive him and that it wasn’t his intention to make this much negativity. Even some celebrities, such as Taylor Swift, have taken his sid. Paul has released a video apology for offending anyone.

“It felt like he was only apologizing because he got so much hate. He obviously didn’t think there was anything wrong with the video considering he took time to edit it and keep that portion in,” said Lisa Reynolds.

People are still shocked and alarmed that a twenty-two year old man thought it was okay to post a video of a man who commited suicide online. Not to mention that his 15 million subscribers, who are mostly made up of children, witnessed the gruesome and horrendous content. So the real question is, do we forgive Paul after his mistake or leave him behind in 2017?

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