Logan Paul may have given his apologies and gone on a temporary hiatus on YouTube, but his problems over the “insensitive” video in Japan’s “suicide forest” is far from over.
According to the Associated Press, authorities in Japan have expressed that they want to question the YouTube prankster regarding the incident. Yamanashi prefectural police spokesperson Masaki Ito said that while people aren’t obligated to report a body, they were interested in talking to Paul as a “suicide may be involved.”
Japan, where suicide is alternatively viewed as an honorable way to take responsibility, has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, with over 21,000 suicide incidents annually. Local police tasked to oversee the Aokigahara forest near Mount Fuji refused to further comment on the matter since Japanese police do not usually comment on suicides.
After being heavily criticized for uploading a video featuring a suicide victim’s body, Paul initially apologized by saying his intention was to raise awareness about suicide and save lives.
“I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity,” he wrote in a Twitter post.
The 22-year-old would then issue a more extensive apology on Youtube saying he wanted to apologize to the internet, to all who saw the video and to those suffering mental illness and depression.
“I don’t expect to be forgiven. I’m simply here to apologize,” he said in the video posted late Tuesday. “None of us knew how to react or how to feel.”
While Paul himself announced that he would take a temporary hiatus from posting vlogs in light of the backlash he received, his fan base continues to grow by the minute, gaining over 120,000 new YouTube subscribers since the insensitive video was uploaded.
taking time to reflect
no vlog for now
see you soon
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 4, 2018
Despite growing calls on YouTube to remove Paul’s extremely popular channel, the video platform has yet to take a definitive action.