Logan Paul is your cookie-cutter prom king in high school – crowned with a potential leading role in Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest, he’d be off the charts with a million of fan girls already keeping him at his throne. Here we are thinking we were all going to start the year right, ready to leave behind what (or who) we should in 2017, and an infamous YouTube star’s name missed our in memoriam.
Despite Logan Paul being deeply engrossed in the millennial lingo of the Internet, he seems to be lacking a number of important words in his vocabulary. Mistaking mental health awareness as a synonym for just for lols, Logan is completely left behind in 2017 and misses the mark on #staywoke. Publishing a vlog that exposed a dead body from Japan’s notorious suicide forest blurs the line between viral and vile, and Paul aptly says, “Buckle the fuck up, because you’re never going to see a video like this again.” And we never should – for good reason. After a brief warning of explicit content to his audience of more than 15 million subscribers, which mostly comprises of teens, his video maliciously invites you to drop dead for the likes and subscribe to irresponsible behavior.
Known for being a successful YouTuber who chases laughs, somebody needs to give this guy a ticket because he’s speeding off to a dangerous road. His video contained a body seemingly used as a prop, but it lacked in everything else – empathy and actual viable sources for those living with depression. This is the kind of behavior that ties the knot in people suffering suicidal thoughts – the kind that treat the gravity of their feelings like nothing but a gag. Rightfully so, there are people like Aaron Paul who quickly noticed and acted fast. But then again, how couldn’t you when his video has a big, red “kick me off YouTube” sign taped all over it. Indeed, Aaron Paul is the only Paul the Internet needs.
How dare you! You disgust me. I can't believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad. Hopefully this latest video woke them up. You are pure trash. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. Go rot in hell.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) January 2, 2018
After receiving millions of backlash overnight, Logan cried wolf and claims to promote mental health awareness with his apology:
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
Before following up another self-serving apology video:
This just proves how harmfully fickle it is for the wrong people to be in a platform where they can speak up and be heard. Standing at the center of our cyberspace’s entertainment, these are the kind that can mislead the younger audience into believing that depression is a punchline, and deter people with illness from actually seeking help in fear of being mocked and laughed at. There’s already an onslaught of negativity in our climate, and this is the kind of storm you can’t fight as a troll.
When my brother found my sister’s body, he screamed with horror & confusion & grief & tried to save her. That body was a person someone loved.
You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.
— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) January 2, 2018
Standing at the opposite pole of him is another successful Youtube star, but this time for all the right reasons – Anna Akana, a writer, comedian and actress that has been working most of her life to properly raise awareness to suicide through comedy in the months following her sister Kristina’s passing. Teetering on a balance act between a serious topic and wit, Akana makes sure to never blur the fine line that exists between the two. “If I’m going to tackle something that is serious, then I need to be sure that the comedy is on point and that the takeaway message is crystal clear,” she said in an NBC news interview. Now this is the kind of laughter the Internet is searching for – something that uplifts, and not made just for the views. But Logan Paul was right about one thing: this marks a moment in YouTube history, and hopefully it sparked a dialogue among the community and reveal how people’s lenses are still clouded, and we need to swipe it clean and clear. It’s not too late to start the year right, and to subscribe to better people.
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