YouTube star Logan Paul has been heavily criticised by high-profile figures including Sophie Turner and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul after uploading a video that appeared to show the body of a suicide victim.
The clip, which was watched over one million times on Paul’s YouTube channel, showed the vlogger and his friends discovering a dead body in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, a notorious suicide hotspot.
Paul is seen zooming in on the deceased man’s body and remarks “This is a first for me”, before the friends begin discussing whether they should call the police.
The 22-year-old has since deleted the video after it was initially uploaded on December 31 and issued a subsequent apology, but he has faced a wave of severe backlash.
Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner described Paul as an “idiot” after his apology claimed that the video was an attempt to increase suicide awareness.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
“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”, the actress wrote on Twitter.
Aaron Paul wrote: “Dear
@LoganPaul, 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
YouTube has also faced calls to delete Paul’s channel, where he boasts over 15 million subscribers.
He is also the older brother of former Disney star Jake Paul, who last year recorded a video that saw him defending himself from critics after a series of stunts, including burning mattresses in an empty pool.
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