This past weekend, YouTuber Logan Paul posted a disturbing video entitled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” that showed actual footage of what appears to be a dead body. Paul filmed the video in Aokigahara, a forest located at the base of Mt. Fuji, that is often referred to as the “Suicide forest” due to the number of suicides that occur within it.
The non-monetized video was up for several hours on Paul’s YouTube channel, and garnered 6.3 million views in a 24 hour time span according to New York Magazine.
Earlier this evening, amid the backlash Paul took a moment to promote his next video on Twitter. Then, three hours later, Paul finally issued a statement writing, “I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before.
He susbsequently removed the video from his YouTube page.
Suicide should never be made light of in any capacity. If you or someone you know is going through a rough time, feeling depressed, or thinking about self-harm, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit its website here.
BuzzFeed has reached out to Paul for comment.