First things first. Suicide is NO JOKE. Logan Paul, you are a total and complete prat.
When it comes to suicide, though I don’t talk about it much, it is an issue that I have a lot to say on. But before I even get onto the main part of this blog, I just want to say, that if you are feeling any suicidal thoughts or tendencies, then please, PLEASE, reach out to someone. Whether its someone you are very close with and trust dearly, or whether its a total stranger, please, talk to someone.
If you know or suspect that anyone is having suicidal thoughts and/or tendencies, then please, be sympathetic and most importantly be there for them. Let them know that there are people that care for them and that you are there for them. Even if you don’t know what to say to help them, believe me, listening to them and giving the a shoulder to lean/cry on is a TREMENDOUS thing to do, and from personal experience, really helps.
At the bottom of this post I will be leaving several links to sites that help with suicide prevention, places you can reach out, and also a list of phone numbers from every country to call if you need someone to talk to.
Now, time to address this now infamous video. For starters, who would even consider going to a well known suicide forest, with a camera no less. I’d 100% be scared incase I did end up finding someone who had taken their own life.
I first heard about the video, probably the same way as most people reading this, via people twitter about it. I never watched the full “offical” video but I have seen the, I guess most important parts of it via other peoples youtube videos, retweets etc addressing the issue, but even what I did see, was deeply, DEEPLY unsettling to see. Incredibly difficult to watch, and all I could feel is incredibly sad for the person who had committed suicide, their family, and also anyone who watched the video and has their own struggles with suicide.
As it stands, the video should have been taken down so much faster than it did, it should not have been up for that length of time that it leaves impressions on SO many people, especially since a lot of Logan’s following is impressionable young people. Also I think its very much worth noting that it was Logan himself that took the video, not Youtube. The thumbnail in itself was just one of the most ridiculous parts about it. What in all honesty is going through your head to think that anything about posting the video with such graphic content was okay? Like I genuinely cannot wrap my head around it.
I do know that at the start of the video Logan was saying things like “oh you’ll have never seen anything like this before” and “This is to raise awareness” or something along those lines. You’re right, nothing like this has been seen before. And for good reason.
If you are wanting to raise awareness on the issue of suicide, then thats amazing. You have an incredibly large platform in which you can use your voice to help the vast number of your subscribers. Educate them about facts and provide them with methods in which then can access help for any problem they are dealing with. After this incident, its tremendously clear that you Logan, you are clearly the one that needs educated.
Now I know that there are people out there that are defending his actions saying “oh he made a mistake” etc etc and I am aware he made an apology video, which we will get into later. Here is the real truth of the matter. Yes it is a tremendous mistake, but when it comes to filming everything he filmed, filming the persons hanging body, making jokes, laughing about it, while I’m not defending that part at all because it is outrageously disrespectful, he could very well have been in shock and thats just how he dealt with seeing such a sight. People deal with things in completely different ways.
HOWEVER, Logan would have then had to go back to where he was staying, then he would have had to take his memory card out of the camera, import the files to his computer, and then edit this video. At some point the shock would have, I guess worn off is the best term to use, and he then should have been like “oh wait, no. Maybe this isn’t a good idea. This is disrespectful. My viewers are going to be upset by this” and deleted all the footage, and the fact that none of those thoughts crossed his mind says an incredible amount of Logan as a human being.
Honestly, as I’m writing this I’m still trying to wrap my head around it, because it just doesn’t seem real. Like, surely, 2018 isn’t going to start off with someone uploading a vlog featuring a person that has hung themselves, and using said person in the actual thumbnail. Is that the world we live in now? This is the kind of thing people think of as “good content”? I just can’t. Initially when I seen the thumbnail I thought it was just a really distastefully posed clickbait photo. Boy was I wrong.
That man is someones son. Someones brother, someones husband, friend, father, uncle, cousin, nephew. That man is someone who has been quite obviously been going through so much struggle, pain and suffering that they felt the only way out was to take their own life. And you, you absolute wank, you have the AUDACITY to film it, edit it, upload it for the entire world to see.
What on earth is the matter with you? Like really, are you that disconnected from your humanity at this stage? Are you so consumed with making content and getting views, likes, subscribers, money that you are, in my opinion, not even a human being at this stage.
Moving away from Logan for just a few minutes, lets look at how Youtube as a company has dealt with the situation over the last almost 2 weeks. As I have already said, the video was not taken down by the streaming site itself, despite a large public outcry due to its disturbing nature. Youtube initially stated that the video appeared… APPEARED to have violated its standards and that Logans account had been issued a strike. For those who don’t know, Youtube operates a three strike scheme where if you violate a Youtube Policy three times within a three month period, the channel in question will be terminated.
In my opinion the video more than adequately violated youtube’s policy, and it wasn’t just a minuscule violation. It is a violation of MASS proportions, and youtube should have acted accordingly by terminating Logan’s channel. Logan’s stats aren’t taking a hit from this senseless act, they’re doing better than ever. His apology video has gotten over 40 million views, and his subscriber count has increased by 400,000. This is a dramatically large increase in subscribers. Which then begs the question, why are so many people subscribing to a channel that uploads this kind of content. Is this really the kind of world we live in?
Paul’s follow up apology video, which has gotten over 40 million views since being posted, again in my opinion, just seemed so rehearsed, so disconnected, and really, I do hope that Logan takes a large amount of time to think about his actions, and how he should be using his platform in the correct way, but more importantly, how to appear human again.
Listed below are links to some websites that may provide help to anyone who desires it, as well as a link to a list of suicide crisis lines. If anyone, and I do mean anyone, feels that they need someone to chat to, about anything, no matter how big or small the issue may be, please reach out to me.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try and respond to you as quickly as possible. Stay safe everyone! You are loved!