When Paul and his friends gather at the parking lot later, he says into the camera – “the smiling and laughing … is not a portrayal of how I feel about the circumstances. Everyone copes with s*** differently… I cope with things with humor.”
Paul further explained he wasn’t monetizing the video for “obvious reasons,” and added a warning about graphic content.
People on social media weren’t buying his shtick, however. The backlash was immediate and intense, although the video had been watched millions of times. Online video personality Anna Akana lost her sister, Kristina, to suicide 10 years ago and she did not hold back.
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul was also quick to lambast Paul for his video, saying via Twitter, “I can’t believe that so many young people look up to you… Suicide is not a joke.”
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
Others also had more things to say.
people that can choke in 2018
– jake paul
– logan paul
– lele pons
– Donald trump
– anyone else problematic that only ever bring negativity to this earth
— cait // 140 (@tenderhowell) January 2, 2018
I always hated Logan Paul. Logan Paul is pure garbage. How that piece of shit has any fans disturbs and baffles me. Can this guy just go away already and be forgotten forever?
— MARVEL™ (@MarvelCinephile) January 2, 2018
can people stop playing on the fact that « error is human » about the whole Paul Logan thing ?
Yeah error is human, so maybe his mistake was to film during his discovery but EDITING the video, PUTTING IT ONLINE, and EVERYTHING ELSE are not errors. pic.twitter.com/zHJdyFxo86
— coralie♡hyunbin (@OFFlClAL_JBJ) January 2, 2018
Laughing during terrible events is not uncommon, it’s an odd coping mechanism. It’s more like you’re in total disbelief. However laughing while filming yourself and a victim who was suffering and now deceased AND POSTING IT, boy that is fucked up Paul Logan. Get help
— ❄️Shay (@Shaynaeli) January 2, 2018
Things that we should leave behind this 2018:
-body shaming of any kind
-sexual harassment of any kind
-stanning problematic people
-a closed mind
— somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me (@quinxels) January 2, 2018
@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
Logan Paul doesn’t understand that
1 person ends their life every 40 seconds and that suicide is NEVER a joke
RT for someone who might need this:
SUICIDE HOTLINE: 1-800-273-8255
— Berenabas (@BerenabasG) January 2, 2018
logan paul should’ve stopped filming the body when he realized it was a suicide, but instead he kept zooming in on the body and used it as clickbait, i’m so sick. suicide is a serious issue and trying to use it for views is disturbing and disgusting.
— ً (@joliyoongi) January 2, 2018
Hey Logan Paul, You want to be the first social media billionaire? By exploiting the death of a troubled youth? Take a long hard look at what you are doing with your popularity young man. Find a mentor and perhaps log off for a moment. @LoganPaul #beahumanfirst
— Dr. Mike Varshavski (@RealDoctorMike) January 2, 2018
Movie reviewers get their videos demonetized for no reason.
Logan Paul films the hanged body of a suicide victim and his channel is fine.@YouTube… are you for real?
— Chris Stuckmann (@Chris_Stuckmann) January 2, 2018
Paul attempted to smooth things over with an apology, saying
I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity…I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought, ‘if this video saves just ONE life, it’ll be worth it,’ I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video.
Of course, people weren’t enthused by this either.
Logan Paul’s apology letter amounts to:
– I didn’t do it for success I’m successful already
– I laughed at that dead body and zoomed in to raise awareness
– I make too many videos to think about what I upload
He’s not sorry about his insensitivity. He’s sorry he got called out.
— sophie :) (@dolansfcb) January 2, 2018
Ooookay, I just found out about Logan Paul and he’s a fucking bastard. If he thinks that suicide is funny, than why doesn’t he try it? And he really thinks that piece of garbage apology letter will get him out of the trouble, he can’t be further from the truth.
Screw you, Logan.
— Space rabbit (@TthAgnes8) January 2, 2018
I’ve been trying to comprehend this whole Logan Paul thing and I just…I’m so infuriated and disgusted. Even his apology letter isn’t an apology for the video. I actually feel like I’m gonna throw up.
Suicide is not a joke and Aokigahara is hallowed ground how dare you.
— Pennimas 🎄⛄️❄️ (@PenPhiVA) January 2, 2018
After hearing what Logan Paul did, I’m fucking disgusted. Suicide isn’t a fucking joke. I have lost 3 people to suicide and here he is just casually filming a hung dead body. And people are fucking defending him? He shouldn’t have to release an apology letter in the first place –
— ItsLoey 👌👌 (@ItsMe_YaBoi) January 2, 2018
Honestly, hearing about the Logan Paul fiasco was horrendous. Reading his apology letter to the public was worse.
The government officials in Japan do not permit you to record or take pictures in the Suicide Forest. Also, how much of a prick do you have to be to»»
— Damian? (@DearHeavxn) January 2, 2018
take away that man’s peace of mind after life? I don’t think my soul could feel at a better ease if someone was recording me moments after death. Also that is technically humiliating the man who committed suicide, recording his body the way Logan did. I get he tried to»»
— Damian? (@DearHeavxn) January 2, 2018
Fuck you. Fuck #logang4life. And fuck your apology letter. You’re a pathetic abhorrent human. Hey, it won’t happen again though. You don’t have “great power” you have a YouTube show. Get over yourself.
The sister of a suicide victim…who hung himself https://t.co/V3tk8pjGtF
— Caylee (@_Cay_B) January 2, 2018
On Tuesday, Paul posted an apology to Youtube:
I should have never posted the video. I should have put the cameras down and stopped recording … there are a lot of things I should have done differently,” he said. “I want to apologize to the internet. I want to apologize to anyone who’s seen the video. I want to apologize to anyone who’s been affected or touched by mental illness or depression or suicide. But most importantly, I want to apologize to the victim and his family. I’m disappointed in myself and I promise to be better.