Logan Paul is an infamous video blogger who has offended many online for the “suicide forest” video controversy, plus a more recent video compilation that is being labeled as “insensitive to Japenese culture” on a scale reminiscent to Jesse Watters’ visit to Chinatown in New York City. The 22-year-old has a massive YouTube following with over 15 million subscribers. He also has millions of followers on social media, over 16 million on Instagram and over 4 million on Twitter.
Mr. Paul’s suicide video controversy may be the biggest story of 2018 (so far). The video showed Paul encountering a dead body hanging from a tree at the Aokigahara Forrest also known as the “suicide forest” or the “Sea of Trees,” a forest at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The dead body was a man who had recently committed suicide. Paul’s video has been criticized for being tone-deaf to suicide victims.
“Top one, this is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m ain’t going to be sober for this s**t. I’m gonna drink this Japanese sake. Me smiling and laughing is not a portrayal of how I feel about the circumstances. Everyone deals with s**t differently. If you guys haven’t noticed,I cope with things by humor. While this is incredibly sad, I’ve said it a thousands times this is crazy,” Paul says in the video.
On Tuesday, January 2nd, Paul took to Twitter to apologize for “a severe and continuous lapse in (his) judgment.”
So sorry. pic.twitter.com/JkYXzYsrLX
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
If 2018 wasn’t already rough enough for Logan Paul, the vlogger has provoked even more outrage when a compilation video surfaced online showing him being “culturally insensitive” during his time in Japan.
In the video released on Friday by the YouTuber site, We The Unicorns, Logan Paul is seen running around the streets of Japan, sometimes wearing a stereotypical robe and rice hat or a Pikachu outfit while throwing Pokeballs at the local people. He called the city of Toyko “a real-life cartoon.” A running joke/motif is the phrase, “I just gotta be careful to not, like, disrespect the culture,” which is occasionally said in President Trump’s voice.
Turns out, Logan Paul's trip to Japan was problematic for many reasons 😡 pic.twitter.com/yhj2BYgk4G
— We The Unicorns (@wetheunicorns) January 5, 2018
Who Is Logan Paul?
Logan Paul was born on April 1, 1995, in Westlake, Ohio. He’s a vlogger and actor with a crazy amount of social media followers and YouTube subscribers. He’s starred in the YouTube films The Thinning and its sequel The Thinning 2. He’s also appeared in a numerous amount of films, including Where’s the Money, The Space Between Us, Chainsaw, Superstition: The Rule of 3’s, and much more. He’s also appeared on the Fox comedy series Weird Loners, and a 2015 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He also received a starring role in two episodes of the Freeform series Stitchers.