Logan Paul has returned to YouTube with a very different tone from the daily vlogs that made him famous. The social media star recently received a whole lot of backlash for posting a YouTube video showing a dead body in Japan’s “suicide forest.” In a matter of no time – celebrities, fans and people that have never even heard the name Logan Paul were slamming the star for his insensitivity. While he did post an apology after the scandal broke, he then took a long break from his YouTube channel.
taking time to reflect
no vlog for now
see you soon
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 4, 2018
He went from posting content every single day to complete silence for three weeks – but now, he’s back with the determination to prove himself and turn this negative situation into a positive one. Logan’s latest video, titled “Suicide: Be Here Tomorrow,” the star is pledging to donate 1 million dollars to various suicide prevention organizations – and the first $250,000 is immediately going to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. The video begins with Logan sitting down with suicide survivor Kevin Hines in order to learn more about suicide and spread awareness.
Logan began, “Kevin Hines was 19 when he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of the many incredible people that I’ve been grateful to meet over the past three weeks, as I aim to further understand the complexities surrounding suicide – and I know I’ve made mistakes. I know I’ve let people down. But what happens when you’re given an opportunity to help make a difference in the world?”
Logan goes on to admit his mistakes and talk through his previous ignorance of the subject of suicide with Founder of Alo House Recovery Centers Rob Forrest.
“I know while I’m not able to solve the problem by myself, I want to be a part of the solution,” Logan said.
Not only is the tone of the video much more somber and meaningful than we’re used to seeing from the influencer, but he looks different too. For his return to YouTube, Logan traded his long shaggy hair and and laid-back style for a more put-together, clean-cut look.
“It’s time to start a new chapter in my life as I continue to educate both myself and others on suicide. I’m humbled and thankful to say this is just the beginning,” Logan concluded.
It looks like the world is about to meet a whole new Logan Paul.
If you or anyone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.