Logan Paul has been receiving a whole lot of attention lately for the extremely controversial YouTube video he posted earlier this week, as it has not been sitting right with people – including other famous stars. There is a long list of celebrities not holding back on sharing their opinions regarding the scandal, and many are dragging the vlogger for being so insensitive and irresponsible about such a serious subject.
It all started when Logan uploaded a video to his channel, in which he and friends visited Aokigahara forest in Japan (AKA the "Sea of Trees" or "suicide forest") – a place that, over the years, has unfortunately become known as a location people have gone to take their own lives. The video was graphic (to say the least), as it showed an up-close look at an apparent victim. Throughout the video, Logan was joking around and laughing – which disturbed viewers on an extreme level. Many of his viewers are children, might we add.
Now, Logan said in his apology that this video he shared was intended to spread awareness. He explained that his actions did not come from a malicious place, as he hoped showing this graphic content would help prevent at least one person from dying by suicide. That's not how a lot of people saw it though. Tons of celebrities had a lot to say about Logan's decision to film and post this video, and the overall feeling was definitely negative. Although, a select few did give him a slight benefit of the doubt – very, very slight.
The Nickelodeon actor, who hasn't been shy about sharing his thoughts on Jake Paul, was pretty vocal about Logan's scandal.
"I don't think he was purposely trying to do anything. I just think he got kind of caught up in it," Jace said. "In his brain, he thought that was a good idea."
He added, "It's a little bit of a responsibility. It's like, you don't have any respect for what that guy went through?"
As a social media influencer who has spoken up about her personal experience with suicidal thoughts, Eva found Logan's video so wrong.
With each new year, we all strive to do better and be better. I hope this (absolutely disgusting) act committed today on Youtube provides you with the perfect test to stand up and say “no, this isn’t okay with me and i will fight for action.” Here’s Gods test to do better.— new year new Eva Gutowski (@lifeaseva) January 2, 2018
The Teen Wolf actor told fans in an Instagram video, "It’s nice to stick up for the people you admire and stand by their side through good and bad but you have to know when someone isn’t being a good role model and when to walk away."
Although she didn't name Logan specifically, JoJo took the opportunity to ensure to her fandom that her accounts are always a safe place for children-friendly content.
Logan's video really rubbed YouTuber and actress Andrea Russett the wrong way.
logan paul gotta go 👋🏼— Andrea Russett (@AndreaRussett) January 2, 2018
The filmmaker and actress was offended by Logan's video on a personal level, as her sister died by suicide years ago.
Dear @LoganPaul,— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) 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.
The actor tweeted in response to a Japanese vlogger getting death threats for slamming Logan's video.
As a fellow YouTuber, Grayson Dolan highly disapproved of Logan's decision – pointing out that he should be old enough to know better.
I’m not gonna stay silent I’m gonna stand up for what’s right right now— Grayson Dolan (@GraysonDolan) January 2, 2018
Suicide is serious. People have lost loved ones, idols, hero’s, fans to suicide. Filming a video and mocking a victim is not raising suicide awareness. Laughing at the body of a poor depressed soul. I can’t believe the disrespect of the victim, their family, and your YOUNG fans.— Grayson Dolan (@GraysonDolan) January 2, 2018
You’re 22 there’s no excuse— Grayson Dolan (@GraysonDolan) January 2, 2018
By the looks of his tweets, Ethan Dolan was just as upset by Logan's video as his brother Grayson.
I’m in disbelief right now— Ethan Dolan (@EthanDolan) January 2, 2018
The horrible measures people will go to in order to have content to stay relevant is absolutely disgusting. Being blinded by your ego so much so that thinking it is okay to make insensitive remarks about suicide, and broadcasting it for millions of CHILDREN to see is sickening.— Ethan Dolan (@EthanDolan) January 2, 2018
I’m going to speak up and use my voice from now on. I’m tired of people steering this generation in the wrong direction. Not at all saying that I control an entire genertation, but with the gift of this platform I’ve been given, it’s the least I can do.— Ethan Dolan (@EthanDolan) January 2, 2018
The web star used this incident to make her voice heard.
One of my 2018 goals was to speak up & use my platform more:— AlishaMarie (@ALISHAMARIE) January 2, 2018
Support whoever you want..but be careful. I love @YouTube but I don’t support all of their creators ...suicide is serious. I hope the apology is real but then again it started with “i get views” so hmm
Although Chrissy agreed with others that Logan's actions were despicable, she did make a point to address the fact that everyone is now trying to tear him down. This upset many people, causing a huge whirlwind of people disagreeing with the star on Twitter.
Re: Logan Paul, something I always think about is when people make...ethical mistakes, as in, not-illegal, should we really be trying I ruin their lives and end their careers or accept the apology, personally make a choice to stop watching, and move on.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 2, 2018
Agree. I hate that I used this guy in my case for internet shaming and mob mentalities and bigger issues of social justice. Now it seems like I really cape for this guy whose name I’ve never uttered before today. That was my mistake. He did a horrible thing. A stupid thing.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 2, 2018
Justine and Chrissy got into it after Justine felt Chrissy "defending" the star, but they talked it out and came to an agreement on the topic.
@YouTube you CANNOT ignore this. You have so many incredibly talented content creators who strive to make this platform a better place. Stop promoting the trash that makes us all look bad.— Justine Ezarik 🎉 (@ijustine) January 2, 2018
This was what I was originally responding to. Did you watch the full video from beginning to end? It’s hard to imagine comparing a clothing company to 6 million people (mostly kids) who just saw their first dead body hanging from a tree while their role models laughs at it pic.twitter.com/n9708Pjbdm— Justine Ezarik 🎉 (@ijustine) January 2, 2018
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The YouTuber filmed an "open letter" video to Logan, explaining in detail why the video was a straight-up bad idea.
"I believe your intentions were pure. You really missed the mark – so Logan if you'll give me the opportunity, I'd like to explain why," he said. "I want to praise you for what you did right before I attack what you did wrong, okay? Some of what you did here was right, and I think not a lot of people are saying that. I'm willing to say that. Some of what you did here was right. It's kind of canceled out by the wrong though."
The Breaking Bad actor (who has no relation to Logan, btw) was very unsettled by Logan's actions.
Dear @LoganPaul,— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) January 2, 2018
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.
Game of Throne actress Sophie Turner tweeted right at Logan, calling him an idiot for what he's done.
@LoganPaul You’re an idiot. You’re not raising awareness. You’re mocking. I can’t believe how self-praising your “apology” is. You don’t deserve the success (views) you have. I pray to God you never have to experience anything like that man did.— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) January 2, 2018
YouTuber Jessie Paege was so offended by what Logan posted.
The fact that a human could ever think that it's morally correct to not only joke about suicide, but to exploit it for personal gain is frightening. Suicide is NEVER funny. The topic is sensitive and vulnerable and should be treated with absolute respect. Spread love.— Jessie Paege (@jessiepaege) January 2, 2018
It's safe to say his video really got a reaction out of people, and we hope people at least learned a lesson from all of this.
In tweets that are now deleted, Tanner defended Logan. The YouTuber totally brushed it off, saying that anyone who was bothered could've just not watched the video. He then uploaded a video explaining why he said what he did.
"If everyone will put their energy towards preventing suicide and actually talking to people and helping them understand that their life matters, that'll make a much more positive impact than just telling Logan that he did something wrong," Tanner told his followers.
Lilly was sure to tweet a reminder that influencers shouldn't let YouTube videos skew their morals.
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
This post was originally published on January 3, 2018 and since has been updated.
If you or anyone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.