An American YouTube star says he expects you to forgive him, after he posted a video of the body of an apparent suicide victims in Japan.
The video showed Logan Paul and friends discover the body in the Aokigahara forest at the foot of Mount Fuji, to be known, often as a place of suicides.
It triggered a flood of criticism online, with some remarks, calling it “disrespectful” and “disgusting”.
Paul took the video, and later apologized, saying he was headed to “false”.
“I have a heavy and continuous progression in my judgment, and I do not expect to be forgiven,” he said in a video apology posted on Twitter.
“I would have never posted the video. I should have put the cameras down and finished recording what we are going through. There are a lot of things I should have done differently, but I don’t,” he said.
“I’m ashamed of myself,” he added. “I’m disappointed in myself.”
The video was uploaded on Sunday and has had millions of views on YouTube before it was shut down.
Logan Paul, a great internet personality, has more than 15 million subscribers on the website and a loyal fan base of mostly tweens and Teens.
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Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the developed world, and Aokigahara has a particularly tragic reputation as a destination for people who take their own lives.
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Data on the number of suicides here each year will not be made public, to avoid the notice of the site. Signs are posted in the forest urging people to seek medical help, instead of your life.
The 15-minute video is part of a series of contributions from Japan, where the U.S. vlogger on a trip with friends.
You go on a visit to the forest, intending to focus on the “haunted” aspect of it, he says in the video. After walking a short distance into the forest, the group of a body.
Paul is visibly shocked by the discovery, but also makes jokes.
The group is filmed closer to the body, in several close-ups where only the face is out of focus.
A member of the group to hear, in front of the camera says he does not feel “good”. Paul asks him: “What, you never stand next to a dead man?” He laughs then.
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Online comments are widely accused Paul common actions inappropriate and disrespectful. A petition for its entire channel from YouTube more than 45,000 has removed signatures.
In Japan, the reaction many say was similar, they are disgusted and horrified by the stupidity of his actions. Although some have noted that the Japanese media have in the past, camera teams and TV sent personalities to supposedly “haunted” locations.
A Twitter user said that it was important that the discussion about the high suicide rates in Japan.
To return to the “self, if we try it under the carpet, it doesn’t change the fact that Japan is a nation, the prominent suicide, commit where 20,000 to 30,000 people suicide each year,” wrote Namaikinanamako.
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Others, like Twitter users, the Gaijin, the host of YouTube shows about Japanese cultural inspirations in video games and anime, saying that it is “lasting, harder against foreigners in Japan, as most people know”.
“The uphill battle just got a whole lot harder,” he said in a tweet that drew the support of almost 3,000 Twitter users.
His tweets have stirred a Twitter debate among many Japanese user wrote: “Logan Paul should know, I had friends that died in Aokigahara, in this forest. He is funny, me, my country and my culture!”
Some of Paul’s followers insisted that he should be forgiven for what they said was a mistake, with one tweeting: “You’re still the best out there and it will always be” with the hashtag #Logan_you_are_forgiven.
But an apology posted on his Twitter page, Paul, Westlake, Ohio, said: “For my fans, the defense of my actions, please. She doesn’t deserve to be defended.”
He also said he wanted to “make a positive ripple on the internet, it is not the cause for the monsoon of negativity”, from the awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.
Paul says in the video that he chose to monetize the content. YouTube pays content provider for video based on the number of views.
A spokesman for the company said in a statement to the BBC: “Our hearts go out to the family of the person that you saw in the video.
“YouTube prohibits violent or Gory content that ends in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner. If a video is graphic, it can only remain on the site, supported by appropriate educational or documentary information and in some cases, it is age-gated. “
“We partner with safety groups such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to provide educational resources that are included in our YouTube safety centre.”
If you are feeling emotionally distressed and want to learn how you organisations that offer advice and assistance, click here. In the UK, free of charge, call can be to listen to any time, to recorded information on 0800 066 066. In Japan, you can get help here.