If you looked at Twitter—or even any news outlet today—you probably saw the story of the popular YouTuber Logan Paul posting a video of a suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, nicknamed “Suicide Forest.”
The backlash has been swift and severe. Paul removed the video, and has apologized twice, but people on Twitter—including celebrities like Aaron Paul and Jefree Starr—are not having it, even calling for YouTube to remove his channel.
Scroll through below to see some of the most vicious responses from celebrities on Twitter:
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.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) January 2, 2018
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
Logan Paul is an amoral piece of shit who could not be less deserving of his platform. Fuck. If you need help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK.
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 2, 2018
Can not believe the video Logan Paul put up wasn’t flagged and removed immediately. Suicide and Mental health is not click bait. We can do better.
— Christian Navarro (@ChristianLN0821) January 2, 2018
I'd be inclined to say just because you upload video to the internet every day doesn't mean you do a daily 15 min TV show, but the fucker gets ppl to watch so wtf do I know
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) January 2, 2018
…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…". The views, publicity and controversy mattered more than the respect he could have shown. x
— Carrie Hope Fletcher (@CarrieHFletcher) 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.
— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) January 2, 2018
Some people will do anything for views… Disgusting.
— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) January 2, 2018
Some people really need to rethink what the word “respect” means.
— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) January 2, 2018
An extremely dangerous narcissistic response. Never mentions the victim, the family, suicide prevention, mental health, or any signs of general remorse. Just a bunch of “I” and “me”. This is an apology on aspects that affect him and him alone. Absolutely heartbreaking. https://t.co/eZ1TbiT4w0
— Father Mac (@Machaizelli) January 2, 2018
i’m truly sickened by this logan paul situation. i lost my brother to suicide… my brother took his own life by hanging himself… how insensitive and sick can you be to film someone in that state
— mommy (@CorinnaKopf) January 2, 2018
Things that should of been left in 2017: Logan Paul
— Roly (@RolyUnGashaa) 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
The guy goes to the "Suicide Forest" to make a "fun" video, sees a dead body, decides to continue filming while laughing and making jokes, then, edits the video and posts it on YouTube. If you think that's OK you need to have your head examined. L @LoganPaul
— Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) January 2, 2018
OUTRAGE OVER YOUTUBE STAR'S VIDEO: Logan Paul apologized after getting slammed for a video he shared on YouTube that appeared to show a suicide victim in a Japanese forest known as a suicide spot. The co-hosts discuss. pic.twitter.com/a2dgIPpIAc
— The View (@TheView) January 2, 2018
This is just the latest piece of bad press for YouTube. Earlier this year the streaming service was under fire for censoring LGBT content when users switched on YouTube’s Restricted Mode, an optional filter used to block “potentially objectionable content.”
Now YouTube has said very little about Paul’s controversial video, except for a short official statement that does not go far enough for those who think the site should be harsher on its star.
I just received an official statement from a contact at @Youtube regarding the outrage and controversy around Logan Paul’s (now self-removed) “We found a dead body” top trending Youtube video.
I’ll save my personal comment for later. Just wanted to pass this along. pic.twitter.com/JNTQDMVvT4
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) January 2, 2018
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