Who is Logan Paul?
Logan Paul is an internet celebrity that came out of the six-second, overstimulated Viner craze, who would do anything for views. Along with his brother, Jake Paul, both created small empires on YouTube when Vine became obsolete. These two are best known for “prank” and “stunt” videos. Logan Paul has been in a few YouTube Red movies and randomly acted on TV while Jake Paul was also on a Disney Channel show, Bizaardvark, before he was fired. Both are no strangers to controversy, with reports of Jake’s social media incubator having many problems. These issues include his neighbors, ex-girlfriend, and several of Team 10’s employees. Jake apologizes enough for mainstream stars to even be sick of it.
Jake Paul apology raps are my new favorite genre of music. https://t.co/lEM9rWUW62
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 8, 2017
Wait, What Did Logan Paul Do?
So with Jake apologizing a lot, what did Logan do? Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard of the now taken down video where Logan was in Japan and went into the Aokigahara forest, also known as the Suicide Forest. In the video, they came across a body hanging from a tree in an apparent recent suicide. Instead of doing what most people would do, Logan turned on the camera and started filming the man who had recently passed away. Not only did he film the person, but was laughing, making jokes, and getting every angle he could.
He did say that laughing and joking is how he copes, but is making a video for shock value and views a coping mechanism? He has since issued an apology on Twitter and made a video, which I will not link here because he monetized it. There have been reports, however, that he has since removed the monetization.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
He has also said that he won’t be vlogging for a while.
taking time to reflect
no vlog for now
see you soon
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 4, 2018
So Logan Is an Asshole?
Even though his fans will not agree and still have a love for him, I would say this incident shows his true colors. However, his fans are so passionate that they have been attacking and harassing anyone who has spoken out against him, like YouTuber Reina Scully for instance.
I want you to see this. pic.twitter.com/Rzpw2NmOIQ
— Reina Scully (@ReinaScully) January 3, 2018
YouTuber Philip Defranco reported on the number of likes the video received, and it’s clear – the fans don’t care.
Just remember this. Before all the extended community outrage against Logan Paul’s “we found a dead body” video, there was a seemingly uncontested 550-600,000 likes on it.
His core audience doesn’t give a fuuuuuuck. Unless youtube does something, this doesn’t hurt him.
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) January 2, 2018
So Logan Paul made jokes about someone’s suicide and then used it to gain views, and get more money. His fans are blindly supporting his antics without realizing the ramifications of his actions. They feed this kid that has a ton of money, making $150,000 per Facebook post and $80,000 per sponsored Instagram post, according to Forbes. This shows that his fans are part of the problem. He did not need to make another shock video. He did not need to monetize someone’s death and then monetize his apology. The loyalty his fans show only further encourages his and others’ shock videos.
Since Logan Paul is taking some time off to “reflect”, maybe this will be a good opportunity to make an actual positive change. Maybe he should find a way to change himself and the perceptions of his fans. I’d say it’s time for not only Logan and his fans, but also everyone to take a step back and ask, “Is this who we want to be?”
Do we want to be people who care so little about others that we film something like suicide and make jokes about it? Do we want to encourage shock artists and see how far they will go? Do we want to be so desensitized that this becomes the new normal?
We are at a linchpin moment in society, and moments like these can change the way we behave as humans. Moments like this can start the conversation and help us advance in our society. Let’s hope this opens us to change our conversations about two things: suicide, and when we need to put the camera down. Maybe the backlash will give others like Logan Paul a moment to reflect, too. He may be an asshole now, but he doesn’t need to be. Time to make some changes, Logan.