Former Vine star and currently YouTube’s resident bumhole Logan Paul visited Japan’s Aokigahara forest famously known as the “suicide forest”.
The site, which has earned its moniker for the hundreds of suicides committed there, is situated on the slopes of Mt. Fuji.
While filming for his video blog, Paul apparently came across the body of a person who hanged himself from a tree and decided it would be okay to upload it on YouTube.
“This is not clickbait,” Paul says in an intro to the video “This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel. I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history because I’m pretty sure this has never hopefully happened to anyone on YouTube ever.”
“Now with that said: buckle the f*** up, because you’re never gonna see a video like this again!” he went on.
The 15-minute long clip titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” was intended to be the third part of his vlog series “Tokyo Adventures.” After his dramatic intro, it did not take long before the entire thing becomes cringey, as he entered the site wearing a stupid hat and throwing unfunny jokes with his entourage.
And when the group discovered a body hanging in the forest, he called out: “Yo, are you alive? Are you fucking with us?” He then turns the camera on himself, saying “So, a lot of things are going through my mind. This is a first for me.”
The group then approached the body, continued filming just a few feet away.
“His hands are purple. He did this this morning,” Paul can be heard saying.
Addressing his main audience, he disappointingly said “Oh no, I’m so sorry, Logang. This was supposed to be a fun vlog.”
After insensitively filming a man who just ended his life, he went on to give a holier-than-thou speech about depression:
“Suicide is not a joke. Depression and mental illness are not a joke. We came here with an intent to focus on the ‘haunted’ aspect of the forest. This obviously just became very real, and obviously a lot of people are going through a lot of shit in their lives.”
The video quickly gained attention, racking up views by the millions in just a couple of hours after posting. Reaction on social media was also immediate, with many netizens calling him out for the video’s insensitive nature.
Celebrities and other YouTube stars also weighed on the issue and collectively called him an idiot for his video.
The incredibly graphic video has been taken down but not before amassing almost 7 million views on Youtube. It has since been re-uploaded on the site by other users.
After the backlash, Paul took to Twitter to air his so-called apology where he claimed he did it to make a “positive ripple on the internet”:
The 22-year-old vlogger, who was outed earlier this year for his extremely racist tweets and videos against Asians, has over 16 million followers on Instagram and more than 15 million subscribers on YouTube.
If you or anyone you know is suffering with thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.