(LOS ANGELES) — After an onslaught of online criticism for a video he made — which shows a lifeless body hanging from a tree — YouTube star Logan Paul has apologized on social media for his incredible “mistake.”
Paul posted, but has since removed, a video he and his crew shot in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, which is historically connected to suicides. In the clip, they come across a dead body hanging from a tree.
As his crew continues shooting, Paul asks the tour guide if they should call the police. He’s also seen laughing in the clip, but said that was his way of “coping” with the incident.
In his first statement Monday, the 22-year-old social media star said he posted the video in order to raise awareness for suicide prevention, insisting, “I didn’t do it for views.”
But his apologies didn’t stop the Twitter community from slamming him.
Breaking Bad Emmy winner Aaron Paul wrote, “You disgust me….You are pure trash. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. Go rot in hell.”
Ant-Man actress and model Anna Akana also flamed him.
“When my brother found my sister’s body, he screamed with horror & confusion & grief & tried to save her,” she wrote. “That body was a person someone loved. You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.”
Logan Paul added a video apology Tuesday afternoon, noting that his reactions in the video were raw and “none of us knew how to react.” He agreed he should have stopped filming.
A representative for YouTube told ABC News the video violated its standards, adding, “Our hearts go out to the family of the person featured in this video.”
The rep added that YouTube partners with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and other groups to try to keep users safe.
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