*Trigger warning: Talk of suicide within article*
YouTuber Logan Paul recently took a trip to Japan, which he documented in daily videos. On Sunday, his vlog contained footage of the notorious Aokigahara forest — the world's second most popular place to commit suicide.
While exploring, Paul and his crew eventually discovered a suicide victim's body hanging from a tree. Rather than put down the camera, Paul chose to zoom in on the unknown man and put the victim's lifeless body on display for his millions of subscribers.
(The man's face, however, was blurred.)
The internet was immediately horrified by the video.
Logan noted in the video description that he didn't intend to profit from the "dead body" footage. (He supposedly wanted to "raise awareness" about suicide; not glorify it.)
But his "disclaimer" didn't stop dozens of influencers from speaking out against the disturbing clip.
Celebrities and YouTubers alike took to Twitter to blast Paul for the exploitive video.
They slammed Paul's desperate attempt for views.
Even "problematic" YouTuber PewDiePie thought Paul's video went too far.
The video was eventually removed from YouTube, but irreversible damage was already done.
Influencers placed blame on YouTube for failing to protect viewers from triggering content.
As the backlash intensified, Paul quickly issued an apology.
"I’ve made a severe and continuous lapse in my judgment, and I don’t expect to be forgiven," he insisted in his video titled "So Sorry."
"I’m simply here to apologize," Paul continued. “What we came across that day in the woods was obviously unplanned and the reactions you saw on tape were raw — they were unfiltered. None of us knew how to react or how to feel. I should have never posted the video.”
But the internet remained unconvinced.
Concerned viewers shared the numbers to suicide hotlines to help control the damage done by Paul's video.
There were a few celebrities who still questioned the internet's knee-jerk reaction to end Paul's career.
However, most people deemed Logan Paul officially canceled.
If you or a loved one is thinking of self-harm, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255, available 24 hours a day.