LGBTI YouTubers have been sharing their outrage over an American YouTube star’s video that shows the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan.
The video showed Logan Paul with friends in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt Fuji. It is known to be a frequent site of suicides.
Paul and his cohort went to film in the ‘haunted’ forest only to come across a dead body. Though they express shock they also make a serious of jokes.
The video went live on Sunday to Paul’s 15 million subscribers. It amassed millions of views on Youtube before it was taken down.
A member of the group is heard off camera saying he ‘doesn’t feel good.’ Paul then replies: ‘What, you never stand next to a dead guy?’ and then laughs.
The identity of the deceased man is not known.
Japan has one of the highest rates of suicide in the developed world. The forest authorities do not publish the number of suicides in the area to avoid bringing even more attention to the suicide hotspot, according to the BBC.
Paul has since issued an apology on Twitter, among a storm of outrage.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
LGBTI YouTubers react
In the apology where he expresses his regret, he also ended with the hashtag #Logang4life – a decision that is getting criticism too.
Unsurprisingly a number of LGBTI YouTubers have taken to social media to condemn the action of their fellow YouTuber.
Logan paul found a person who had taken their own life, filmed the body, put it on youtube, and then issued a public apology that ended with #Logang4Life. Charlie Brooker doesn’t need to write episodes of black mirror anymore because real life is fucking worse.
— Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) January 2, 2018
Suicide is a serious, fragile subject. If you're not capable of handling it with respect and compassion or you're approaching it with any other reason than to help people, then you just CAN NOT be the one to address it in any shape or form.
— Carrie Hope Fletcher (@CarrieHFletcher) January 2, 2018
Things that should of been left in 2017: Logan Paul
— Roly West (@RolyUnGashaa) January 2, 2018
In Carrie Hope Fletcher’s chain she ends by saying:
‘How long he would have had to sit there looking at that footage of that poor person, and how not once did he think “maybe just MAYBE this is really, really wrong…”.’
Many are also taking to social media to discuss what they feel was a ‘slow response’ from YouTube in taking the video.
Reflecting this stands at odds with the furore about the platform’s ‘family friendly’ filter that hid much of the platform’s LGBTI content last year too.
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