YouTube star Logan Paul apologized for posting a video showing an apparent suicide victim in Japan's "suicide forest," drawing condemnation for appearing to use the death for comic purposes. Comments are edited for clarity and grammar:
Everyone, get off your high horse. Paul can raise awareness however he wants. His intentions seemed pretty legitimate, and when you're standing next to a dead body, it's probably hard to fully internalize the whole thing.
Raise awareness however you can. Try to do it sensitively. If you screw up, try harder next time.
— Lex Allen
He didn't film the body to raise awareness. Paul did it for clicks and views. He promoted it after he filmed it in the most insensitive/classless way, and then he laughs at the dead body, along with his crew. He's below scum.
— Joshua Galvoni
What is the big deal if it was just a body (and not an actual live suicide)? You mean you have never been to a funeral and children viewing the dead? What is the difference? Children are lied to about death.
— Gary Finger
It's hard to believe that the main intent was to visit a "haunted" forest in Japan — knowing full well that this particular forest is known for suicide. Sometimes, visitors will empty their pockets of their belongings near the base of a tree before carrying out their own deaths.
Pictures of loved ones are often left behind, with or without the accompaniment of a suicide note. Suicide is a very private, spiritual endeavor, and some visitors decide not to leave notes for the sake of privacy. A privacy that should carry forward in death as well.
Having a filter for what goes on your YouTube channel should have been a major consideration here, but I guess the shock factor won. Paul's apology sounds sincere, but only to a point. I mean, really, have you ever seen the suicide prevention hotline advertising its service with a photo of someone who just killed himself with the caption, "Call us, this is not the answer"? No! That would be demonstrating extremely poor judgement — just like taking a video of someone's body hanging from a tree and then discussing it as though you are a qualified counselor.
— Bob Brewer
Not everything needs to be safe for kids. Maybe parents should be regulating the kids' Internet use. The world revolves around people, not just children. Parents should make things safe, not others.
— Dwight Crane
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