Trigger warning: This post is about Logan Paul & suicide which might upset some people who struggle with depression or other mental health issues. Please click off this post if you are sensitive.
This is your brain.
This is your brain on drugs.
The Idiocy of Logan Paul
If you haven’t heard of Logan Paul, you can catch up here (link)
Basically the popular YouTube sensation decided to take his show on the road and visit a popular site in Japan where people go to end their lives. He also decided to video the dead body of a suicide victim. I watched an edited version of this so I didn’t see a dead body (it was blurred out) but his laughing and joking alone were appalling. He posted this video to YouTube.
From the plan to go to Japan to the publishing it to YouTube, it was a terrible idea. His fan base consists of children, who were most likely affected by this cry for attention. So many chances to back down from being an insensitive idiot and he still thought it was a good idea to keep his popularity afloat. Except now the world knows who he is and it’s not for anything good. Guess it sort of worked.
Not only was he being a jackass about a life lost, but he was being disrespectful to the people of Japan. He was tossing things at shopkeepers, ridiculing the culture, and being borderline racist which is all on video. Here’s a compilation from Twitter to see how much of an ass he was. In the video, he states, “I just gotta be careful to not, like, disrespect the culture. Japan is all about respect.” Then he does the opposite of respecting the culture.
Stupid white privileged idiot.
The Idiocy of Logan Paul Fans
What’s more idiotic is the fact that Logan Paul, while receiving a ton of backlash for his idiocy, gained subscribers despite the outcry.
While he gained fewer subscribers than usual on the day the controversy hit mainstream attention (just 17,111), he went on to gain a whopping 81,114 subscribers, which is far higher than his usual daily subscriber increase. Source: We the Unicorns
What is wrong with humans? I don’t get it.
Why are we glorifying a human version of a jackass who has no respect for people or for someone’s life. I don’t even understand the world we live in today. It seems as if we reward the shittiest members of society. What kind of world are we leaving our children?
Suicide & Social Responsibility
In 1995, I lost my brother to suicide. This video by Logan Paul showed a man who hanged himself. This was the same way my brother died which was also in a wooded area. Thankfully, I didn’t see it or witness it. Just knowing that is how he took his life upset me. It’s taken several years to accept his death and move on from the loss. Just because it happened over 20 years ago, doesn’t mean I’m “over it”. It is a hole that cannot be filled, no matter how much time has passed.
People who influence others through social media have a responsibility. YouTube had a responsibility too, yet they didn’t take the video down and it was even trending at one point. Logan Paul took it down from the backlash. Where was YouTube? And as a society, why are we glorifying this stuff? Why are people subscribing to a channel that makes light of death?
Logan Paul’s Dad wrote this on Instagram the other day:
LOGAN WILL BE BACK! SUPER FANS!! BUS UPDATES! MISTAKES!! We all screw up. It’s a part of life. Do I agree with everything my boys do. NO! Do I agree with some of the things my friends do? NO! Do they disagree with some things I do? YES! Face it folks……. we all fuck up at one time or another. That’s life!! What we do with those mistakes, bad judgement or whatever term you give it , is what matters. I love my boys and I am sooo proud of them !!
Bad judgement? Mistakes? What a nice way of saying it. Even Logan, called it a mistake: “I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before“.
It’s not a mistake, Logan. A mistake is spelling a word wrong or spilling milk. Not intentionally pissing off an entire country with your racist remarks and disrespecting human life.
Then you have the excuses from Logan Paul himself, YouTube, and articles like this one from BuzzFeed News, which states the pressures put on Logan Paul:
Jordan Worona, a talent manager for YouTube influencers at the media company Studio71, said daily vlogging helps creators “pick up steam” and quickly grow a following, but the pressure of putting videos together on a daily basis can be extreme.
“Burnout is a real thing in every industry, but especially with these kids,” Worona said. “It’s because every single day you are thinking of concepts, titles, thinking of how to get attention for your videos, and I think it can be exhausting for them.”
Boo fricken hoo. Seriously? Everyone has demands. EVERYONE. That’s not an excuse. I have experienced all kinds of burn out and you know what I do? I take a break. I seek mental help. I do self-care. I do what I gotta do to be human. And from what I can tell, this isn’t his first rodeo of pissing people off and doing inappropriate things. So go cry your sob story to someone else. I don’t feel one bit sorry for him.
Suicide is Not a Joke
I feel sad for the people who viewed this and walked away feeling terrible, or it triggered emotions or feelings that they fight daily. I feel sorry for the teenagers who struggle to like themselves, or feel like life is too hard and consider suicide as an option. I feel sorry for the 30,000 plus Americans & 1 million people worldwide who end their lives every year, and the people who loved them who are left to suffer every single day. These people, in turn, then struggle to keep going. Every 16.2 seconds, someone chooses to end their life. In the 15 minutes that Logan Paul was filming his video, around 56 people died by suicide. And for every completed suicide, there were 25 that attempted it but failed. This is the reality that Logan Paul is laughing at.
How many more people struggled with suicidal thoughts while watching him laugh it up with his buddies just steps away from a dead body?
We can do better, world. Learn what you can about depression and suicide for yourself and those you love. With an estimated 750,000 suicide attempts annually, this is something that affects the lives of millions of family members. If you use social media or are an influencer, realize who your audience is. Whatever you put out for public consumption can be helpful or hurtful. It’s your job to be a good human. Stop glorifying an asshole.