YouTube star facing calls for ban over 'dead body' video
A YOUTUBE star who came under fire for filming someone hanging from a tree in Japan's so-called "suicide forest" has said sorry for posting the "insensitive" video.
The Sun reports that Logan Paul was heard yelling "yo, are you alive?" at the dead man during a 15-minute clip which aired on Sunday at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji.
The camera then zoomed into the man's body, while Paul asks his tour guide: "Did we just find a dead person in the suicide forest hanging?"
Users have been sending social media messages to YouTube calling for Paul, who has 15 million YouTube subscribers, to be banned from the platform.
The 22-year-old eventually deleted the video after severe backlash online - including Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner.
Paul said: "I'm so sorry about this. This was supposed to be a fun vlog."
He added: "Suicide is not a joke. Depression and mental illnesses are not a joke."
Actor Aaron Paul told Paul to "go rot in hell", while Sophie Turner branded him an "idiot" who doesn't "deserve the success" he has.
Dear @LoganPaul,— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) January 2, 2018
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.
@LoganPaul You’re an idiot. You’re not raising awareness. You’re mocking. I can’t believe how self-praising your “apology” is. You don’t deserve the success (views) you have. I pray to God you never have to experience anything like that man did.— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) January 2, 2018
The YouTube star, who lives in LA, averages over 20 million views on some of his daily vlogs.
He shot to fame on app Vine where he shared six-second comedy videos before moving on to YouTube where he has made a 15-minute show every day for more than 460 days.
The comic claimed he was visiting the forest with his crew to focus on the "haunted aspect" of the forest.
Posting his apology on Twitter, Paul said: "This is a first for me. I've never faced criticism like this before because I've never made a mistake like this before.
"I'm surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I'm still a human being. I can be wrong.
"I didn't do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.
"I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought 'if this video saves just one life, it'll be worth it' I was misguided by shock and awe.
"I'm often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have and with great power comes great responsibility.
"For the first time in my life I'm regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won't happen again."
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This article originally appeared in The Sun