Pressure on Logan Paul to shut down his YouTube channel is mounting after posting a video of a dead man in Japan’s “Suicide Forest”.
A Change.org petition accusing the famous YouTuber of being a “scumbag” and demanding he delete his entire channel already has over 275,000 signatures since it began Monday afternoon, with that number climbing fast. It is projected to reach its 300,000 goal by Saturday evening.
"Logan Paul has gotten away with a lot of stuff. He took it way to [sic] far this time," the petition begins, referring to his earlier YouTube video showing a dead body he found in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. Also known as the “Sea of Trees” and the “Suicide Forest”, the area is a well known as a local suicide site.
Last Monday, Logan Paul uploaded a video to his 15 million subscribers which displayed the dead body of a man who recently hung himself. Although the face was blurred, the rest of the body was not, displaying the man’s bloated limbs and pallid skin in vivid detail.
The video immediately garnered an enormous backlash from the YouTube community, with hundreds of uploaded videos denouncing Paul for his lack of sensitivity to the issue of suicide. Logan prefaced the video with a link to the American Society for Suicide Prevention, but critics say it wasn’t enough to overshadow his callous behavior.
"It's not about YOU, Logan Paul,” the petition goes on. “A man who had family and friends chose to end his life, and you chose to share his death to your millions of followers without thinking about how his family/friends felt? It's disgusting and shouldn't be tolerated."
The video has since been taken down, with Paul issue multiple apologies, first on Twitter, and then again on his YouTube channel.
His recent videos of his trip to Japan have also left the entire nation seemingly at his throat. Japanese commenters on his two most recent videos, which feature him running around Tokyo in a Pikachu suit throwing a stuffed Poké Ball at local residents, posted angry messages in the comments section.
"I couldn't even finish to watch this video. This is so disrespectful. In every country, especially in Japan and Asia,” wrote one commenter, while another said simply, "I do not know the reason why such a person is popular."
Paul has since stated he will be taking a break from vlogging via his Twitter channel.
taking time to reflect— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 4, 2018
no vlog for now
see you soon