Logan Alexander Paul is a popular YouTube vlogger followed by 15 million people all over the world. However, things are not looking good for the 22-year-old multi-millionaire. In light of his recent video which faced extreme backlash by the community at large, YouTube has decided to break ties with Logan Paul.
Logan Paul uploaded a video on his YouTube channel of a man’s dead body hanging from a tree in the ‘Suicide Forest’ of Japan. On top of that, he ridiculed the tragic sight with his friends, mocking it and laughing at it.
It was a 15-minute controversial video on his blog, where Logan Paul is seen walking through the ‘Suicide Forest’ – actually named Aokigahara – at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The forest has acquired its unfortunate name over the years because of its popularity as a suicide spot.
People around the globe, including influential celebrities, urged YouTube to take notice of the vile video and punish Logan Paul for his insensitive act, and for making fun of something as tragic as suicide.
Although Logan Paul did apologize for the video, it seems like that is just not enough. He said he just didn’t know how to react when he saw the dead body, but does that really justify going through with uploading the video?
The common stance is that Logan has apologized only because of how the criticism could affect his business – which it now has.
As a result of this, YouTube has now decided to take action. The popular video handle is halting all original projects by Logan Paul, including the Red movie series that he was going to perform in.
His channel is also being removed as an ad partner from the Google Preferred program. A YouTube representative stated, “In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred.”
Furthermore, Logan will also not appear in the comedy series, Foursome.
YouTube issued statements on its Twitter handle and said:
“An open letter to our community:
Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently. You’re right to be.You deserve to know what’s going on.”
“Like many others, we were upset by the video that was shared last week.”
“It’s taken us a long time to respond, but we’ve been listening to everything you’ve been saying. We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.”
“We expect more of the creators who build their community on @YouTube, as we’re sure you do too. The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences.”
“Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views. As Anna Akana put it perfectly: “That body was a person someone loved. You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.”
Twitter is now lauding YouTube for highlighting that suicide is not a joke and making Logan Paul pay for his frivolous and inconsiderate video.
One post said, “YouTube announced it will cut business ties with Logan Paul. Meaning he will lose his RED show and film, and ALL of his channels have been removed from Google’s preferred ad program (top paying advertisers) so he will pay financially. I think this is honestly a fair punishment.”
Another posted, “Just heard from YouTube that Logan Paul’s channel was removed and his Red Series put on hold. good job.”
Lastly, one post stated, “Logan Paul’s YouTube channel has received a strike, has been removed from Google Advertising and his Red Series has been shelved. Eat Sh*t.”
This is going to set a good precedent for public personalities in the future to be sensitive about serious topics like suicide. Way to go, YouTube!