Recently, a YouTuber by the name of Logan Paul posted a video of his trip to Japan’s Suicide Forest. This forest is a place where the stressed and suicidal go to end their lives. In this video of his, he shows a man hanging from a tree, laughs at the body and makes snarky comments about how the man must have committed suicide recently, due to the colour of his skin.
Suicide Will Never Be Taken Seriously
And this is why suicide will never be taken seriously. Logan Paul’s fanbase is mainly made up of children – and even though he might not have wanted it, the position comes with some form of responsibility to be able to know what things are right to put up and what is not suitable. After putting up the video, he received a lot of negative attention and proceeded to pull the video. Before pulling the video, it was featured on the Trending page of YouTube.
The video was shot by Logan and his friends and had to be edited in order to be posted on YouTube. This meant that neither Logan or his friends or the editor thought that this was unsuitable to be posted on the Internet. They proceeded to record, laugh, edit and post this video, only to remove it and post an “apology” afterwards.
Logan Paul Posted It
He made the choice to post the video on his channel and hence, he did ‘do it for the views’. The amount of work you put up (if you can call it work) does not discount the fact that you made a conscious decision to post a piece of insensitive content on the Internet. Any other person would know this as a shocking, stressful, potentially traumatic incident, but you, Logan, saw it as an opportunity to gain views. You wanted to find a dead body. That is disgusting.
The reactions you saw on tape were raw, they were unfiltered. None of us knew how to react, how to feel. I should have never posted the video, I should have put the cameras down and stopped recording what we were going through.
– Logan Paul on Twitter
Spinning It As A Cause For Mental Health
There is no spinning this into a cause for suicide prevention and mental health awareness. You discounted what those who are actually suicidal or struggling with their mental health to millions of young, innocent children who have a lot more to learn about mental health.
If you truly cared about mental health, there is no need to go to the Suicide Forest to prove it. You write or you make a donation, and you shut up about it.
And the sad thing is, this will blow over in a few days and you go back to entertaining children with the brain-dead content you call information. I don’t think you are qualified to talk about suicide and suicide prevention. What have you done for mental health, Logan?
True Geordie on YouTube puts it best:
If you think that you or someone around you is struggling with their mental health or may have a mental illness, please approach a professional. It is normal to seek help and you should not be afraid of wanting to be better.
Samaritans of Singapore (SOS): 1800 221 4445
Institute of Mental Health (IMH): 6389 2223