When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Logan Paul
In case you live under a rock, YouTube star, Logan Paul, posted a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim he discovered while on a recent trip to Japan.
The video was shot at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, also known as the “suicide forest” because of the hundreds of suicides that have occurred there over the years. Paul filmed the body of a person who hanged himself from a tree. The face was blurred out but it was clearly a dead body.
He started the video off by saying, “This is not click bait. 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 fuck up, because you’re never gonna see a video like this again!”
As he continued to film the body, he said, “So, a lot of things are going through my mind. This is a first for me. His hands are purple. He did this this morning.”
He tried to get deep for a second. “Suicide is not a joke. Depression and mental illness are not a joke. We came here with 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 has since been taken down and Logan apologized on Twitter Sunday night.
The backlash has been unreal. “Logan Paul” has been trending since Sunday and shows no signs of slowing down.
Celebrities finally agree on one thing…Logan Paul is a piece of garbage.
But not so fast everyone. Is he really a monster, or just a kid trying to stay relevant in a YouTube world with increasing competition?
What if I asked you a week ago, “What do you think Logan Paul would do if he found a dead body?” I’d guess something way more inappropriate. Maybe dry humping it?
Logan, and others like him, have made a career out of making outrageous videos. The crazier the better. It really all started with Jackass; just regular kids doing insane things.
Think back three years, and picture the big YouTubers. Where are they now? Not a lot of them are around anymore, are they?
That’s because of the stakes are raised every day. There’s always a younger, more outrageous, better-looking, more ripped version of the YouTuber of the moment.
These daily vloggers, like Logan, have to work even harder because they’ve got to create content every single day. No sick days. No vacation days.
When Logan found that body, I know exactly what he was thinking. “Jackpot! This will be my most viewed video ever. Nobody’s going to be able to copy this vid. Where are they going to get a dead body?”
What really sent me over the edge, though, was the ending. He debated whether he should ask people to subscribe to his blog, while swigging on a bottle of sake, looking pompous.
Of course he decided it was cool, so he asked the viewers to subscribe and become part of the LoGang. Dead body or not, you’ve always got to be selling.
I ran a poll on my Twitter today, asking my followers how long before Logan will take off before he starts posting again. Eighty six percent said one week.
I don’t think he’ll last that long. There’s merch to sell. Brand deals. Collabs. Sponsored trips. Commitments.
Being an idiot is a multi-million dollar business.
Link in bio bro.