Logan Paul’s trip to Suicide Forest in Japan |

Alright guys, what’s going on? Congrats on making through 2017, The Year of the Offended – the year in which people got offended over the slightest of issues. Unfortunately, 2018 is turning into a year where people actually did stuff that was offensive.

I am not going to beat around the bush so I am going to go straight in: I am talking about Logan Paul here. The YouTuber with more than 15 million subscribers (by the end of 2017, at least) was dubbed as the most successful YouTuber of this generation. I have never been a fan of his work or his equally annoying brother Jake Paul – I respected them as content creators who were dishing out content on a regular basis for the fans.

That respect is now gone.

As a YouTuber myself, I know how hard it is to churn quality content on a regular basis. You are more than likely to drop that ball sooner or later. Logan Paul not only dropped the ball, he made sure that ball is taken away from him for a long time.

In this blog I am going to talk about why Logan Paul and the controversial content he put out in the start of 2018.

I am writing this blog 10 days in the new year and trust me, I’ve had enough of listening about Logan Paul but I want to get this out of my system and plus, this is the safest place to do so (more on that in a bit).

For the uninformed, Logan Paul recently went to Japan and visited the Suicide Forest there. Suicide Forest, as the name suggests, is a forest where people go to commit suicide. It is a place that the locals frown upon and don’t like to talk about.

So, what does the world’s most famous YouTuber ‘Logan Paul’ does? He goes to the Suicide Forest and films a dead body. Now, I don’t know what he was planning or was thinking that he was going to find at the place but it should have been obvious that if you are visiting a forest that is famous for people committing suicide, you are more than likely find a dead body or find traces of life that is no longer among us.

But unfortunately, that was not the end of it.

Logan Paul filmed the dead body. Yes, you read that correct. He filmed the dead body and decided to upload it on YouTube. Keep in mind though that some of his audience include young kids under the age of 18.

So, to sum it up: world’s most successful and famous YouTuber goes to a place in Japan called Suicide Forest that is frowned upon by the locals, finds a dead body, films it, uploads it on YouTube for the entire world to see including kids that make up his target audience without taking into account that the family of the person who just committed suicide does not even know that their loved one is not even among them.

All of this begs the question: was Logan Paul so hungry for content that he sacrificed his decency and humanity that he chose not to turn off the camera and decided to film it?

While you may argue at first that maybe, he was not thinking straight. Maybe, he wanted to raise awareness and help people who are going through some tough time.

While this can be your excuse, I have seen his vlogs that followed after and I have to say, I disagree. I think Logan Paul thought so highly of himself that he thought he could get away with anything.

Let me explain what I mean here – Logan Paul’s Japan trip has been a bit of a disgrace. I cannot sugar-coat it. Watch the video below and you will what I am talking about here.

If you chose to skip the video embedded above, here’s the low-down. Logan Paul disrespected the Japanese culture, used vulgar language in temple while people were praying (it was evident in his video), thought people of Japan are only famous Pokemon, disrespected their ideology of how food is treated and was just intolerable human being.

Looking at it from Logan Paul’s prospective, a quick look at subscriber count will show that after all this controversy, he actually gained viewership. So, all this controversy paid well for him.

But, what about the rest of YouTube? Let me put it this way – when you go to a country for business or pleasure, you are representing the country you are from indirectly. People will, either consciously or subconsciously, will judge you.

And when you pull off a stint like this, it looks bad on the entire YouTube community. Imagine the problems a vlogger may have to go to when he/she goes to Japan and tries to film in a temple now? Logan Paul was there and he disrespected the Japanese people and their religion. So, next time a vlogger goes there, for them – it’s just another idiot with a camera. Logan Paul may have destroyed the experience for other vloggers and the worst part is – going by Social Blade, he gained subscribers and viewership from this ordeal.

So, why am I writing a blog and not making a vlog? Because at this current moment in time, I don’t want to risk getting a community guideline strike from YouTube moderators. The thing is, YouTube never took Logan Paul’s Suicide Forest video down. In fact, it became the one of the top 10 trending videos on YouTube and nobody from their moderator team thought that they should at least check the video.

They didn’t.

I don’t know whether it was the lack of staff at the YouTube moderator’s offices or was it just plain favouritism, but the video stayed up until people started kicking off about it. Some YouTubers even so far as to question the logic of YouTube staff members and their work ethics.

Last I heard, YouTube was taking down videos that showed imagery of Logan Paul’s video or discussed what he did. And they can do it because it’s their site.

Well, this is my site and I am free to put on here whatever I want including this:

Logan Paul

Have a good day, people. PEACE OUT!

My experience of travelling to MCM Comic Con 2017 | London

This year, I had the opportunity to go to the biggest comic convention in UK – MCM Comic Con London 2017. The event lasted for three days starting from the 27 to the 29 October.

I met a lot of people and it was nice to see cosplayers, who spent hours’ worth of effort in their costumes, show off their creativity on the show floor. I was there on the Saturday and the Sunday (missed out of the Friday) and managed to loads of photos and film some material for my vlog.

But getting to the venue was a completely different story and my experience was different from all the other conventions I have been to.

I want to get one thing out of the way here – I do NOT live in London and have only been to London once and it was a long time ago. The Underground and public transport scares me so when I was travelling there from Manchester, I knew I was going to get lost there. So, I thought it would be wise to take a direct train to Euston and then make my way (somehow) to the place I had reserved via Airbnb.

I had purchased my train tickets a good one and half month prior to my travel and the same for my Airbnb stay.

Six days before I set out though, I got an email from Airbnb saying that my booking with my host has been cancelled but because I had been racking up overtime at my workplace (travelling to London isn’t cheap), I did not have the time to check my emails. 24 hours before I was going to set off, I decided to check the Airbnb app for the address of the place I was staying and that’s when I realised, I was screwed.

A quick and frantic search on Airbnb site led to a listing that was 15 minutes away from the venue by foot. The price was near enough the same so I decided to take the plunge and went ahead with it.

The booking came through and the host was helpful.

On Friday, the day of my travel which also happened to be the first day of MCM Comic Con London, I was working till 12:30. My train was at 14:30 so I gave myself two hours to drive home, say goodbye to my parents, take a bus to Picadilly Train Station and chill till it’s time for my train’s departure.

Everything was going great until I reached the train station. Turns out, the Virgin train service to Euston has been suspended because some man got hit by train. Loads of questions ran through my mind. The good thing was, all tickets purchased would be honoured by Transpennine service. The bad news was, I was not the only one travelling to London that day. Not only the seat that was reserved for me on Virgin was no longer available to me, I also had to change service from Leeds to King’s Cross station.

The train was packed to Leeds and I had to stand all the way to the station.

Leeds Train Station
Leeds Train Station

When I got off at Leeds, I thought about getting something to eat. There was a shop of sorts at the station. I had two bags on me – on my back and the other was suitcase. Because I wanted to purchase a bacon sandwich and a tea, I left my suitcase in the lobby (in plain sight) and went in store. I got my tea, grabbed my sandwich and made my way to my suitcase. I sat down on the seat and began munching down until I saw a woman walk in with a security operative and pointed towards my suitcase. In that once instance, I knew exactly what had happened.

Oh, shit.

The security officer looked at me and asked if that was my bag. I said to him that it was and the reason I left it out here was because I could not carry a hot drink, a sandwich and push a suitcase at the same time. I apologised for creating an alarm, to which the operative responded with a friendly, ‘no problem, mate!’ and went on his way.

‘Oh, well’, I thought and soldiered on. What should have been a two-hour journey to Euston ended up a staggering five hour long torturous ordeal.

I looked at the screen to King’s Cross service and there was no platform number or time. I shrugged and walked to the nearest bench. My legs were aching and I was still trying to get my head around what just happened. I glanced at the screen again and lo and behold, the time was up and was the platform number.

I had 10 minutes to make my way from one end of the station to the other. Not a problem but when you do not know where the heck is platform 9 and your legs are killing you – it is a bit difficult to run.

Somehow, I managed to make my way to the train and boarded on it. I even managed to nab me a seat too, which was cool.

On my way to King’s Cross, I got a message off from my host at Airbnb and I told them what had just happened. They sent me instructions on how to get to Pontoon Docks where their apartment was and which services to take. Upon my arrival I purchased an Oyster card braced myself to face my worst nightmare – the complex public transportation service of London.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the London Public Transport is very effective but it is very complicated too. The good thing was, instructions my host went me were clear so I reached the apartment safe and sound.

I fell on my bed and shut my eyes. My legs were killing me.

The thing is, I had been working for seven days in a row at my workplace before I set off to London. So, while the Comic Con was amazing, my legs were pain and were stiffing up. On the Saturday, I spend the whole day walking around taking pictures and filming for my vlog. When the convention finished, I went to Foxy’s and partied there too which I regret doing now.

By Sunday, I could barely walk.

On the last of the convention, I didn’t have it in my. I didn’t feel like filming or taking pictures and was just super tired. I remember finishing early and just doing to my apartment to pull off an early night.

On the Monday, I travelled back and the direct train from Euston to Manchester was a pleasure to travel in.

Overall, the experience was good which could have been better if my legs were not sore.

eSport gets a dose of Equality by segregating the community

Hey guys, what’s up? Today, I have taken the liberty to talk to you about something that caught my eye when I was going through Eurogamer. I came across this article and after I was finished reading it, I came to the conclusion that, Gaming community could face another GamerGate-type movement.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, the article can be found on Eurogamer with the headline, ‘First women-only esports car racing competition announced‘.

You can read the article at Eurogamer but I will be touching on a few points that I found to be…interesting.

The time-limited competition, which launches on Steam this autumn, will donate a percentage of its revenue to female-focused charities and “aims to provide a supportive, female-friendly environment that encourages more women to play esports while drawing attention to the often hidden role of women in racing and automotive history”.

Female Friendly environment? In other words, a safe space akin to those that have been cropping up on university campuses in the west where the greatest threat known to women are not allowed to enter – MEN.

This sort of approach creates segregation in a community and in this case, its gaming. Gaming has always been inclusive with only the best making their way in esports and professional gaming. Creating a women-only esport event means that women will be allowed to enter the competition based on their gender and not on their merit and performance (something I think any self-respecting woman would disagree with) and stronger candidates may not be allowed to enter the tournament if they have a penis.

Now, picture this for a moment: imaging there was a men-only esport event that prohibited women from entering just so they will not be bullied and harassed by men? First off, feminists all around the globe would lose their temper and will actively participate to push the sponsors to boycott the event. Second, you are trying to take care of the issue here by isolating the problem to protect the potential victims. The problem of harassment will still be there. You are simply removing the fraction of victims.

Yes, I said a fraction of victims.

Everybody faces some sort of harassment and bullying and when it comes to online and gaming – everyone gets harassed. It’s not a gender-based issue as some people say. Men suffer harassment as well and in some cases, it’s worse than what women face online.

And now, this is where I will list problems I have with this approach.

  • You are making the assumption that all harassment is done by men which is not true. If you see the drama unfold sometimes on Twitter between female gamers (or e-girls, as some like to call themselves that), you will realise that women harass other women too. Occasionally, women harass men too.

    And if you do believe that men are ones that harass women, then I am sorry but you are sexist and please, take your misandrist attitude off my site.
  • Taking women out of the equation is not going to solve anything. For the sake of argument, if I (reluctantly) believe that male gamers harass female gamers – opening doors to female-only esports would mean that more women would go for such events. If they want to, it’s their decision. However, that means that those harassers are still there in the community and if they won’t be harassing women, they will harass other male gamers with their attitude and conduct. Instead of creating a women-only esport event, developers and game publishers need to work closely with esport organisers to offer more security to gamers who attend and participate while employing strict measures in tackling such abusive behaviour.

    There have been instances in the past where professional gamers lost sponsorships because they ended up saying something on their live-streams that was culturally or racially offensive. So, it’s not like people are not getting banned. They are. Such rules are in place to make esports more fun by getting rid of potential problem-makers.
  • How would you define harassment and bulling? Some people define harassment as threats while others define harassment and bullying as simply disagreeing with their opinions. Take a look at Anita Sarkeesian and Sargon of Akkad incident that took place at VidCon. Anita called Sargon a ‘garbage human being’ while she was addressing the crowd as a panellist.

    One may argue that Sargon should not have attended her panel in the first place considering in the past, he made videos on debunking feminism and Anita Sarkeesian’s view of videogames and pop-culture.

    But that is also a prime example of a woman, Anita Sarkeesian, stepping out of her protective shell, out of her safe space, in a public environment where there is a high possibility that she might have to rub shoulders with her critics, fans and haters. And how does she respond? She completely flips out. It’s pretty much the same thing. Instead of offering a level playing field, you are creating segregation in the community by offering a different platform to women. So, what do you will happen when these female gamers will try to enter a normal ‘open to all genders’ esport competition? They will be out of their safe spaces and will be in a place that they might consider hostile to them. It is not fair on these women, nor its fair on men who would have to put up with their ‘entitled’ attitude.

  • In the article, it says that around 5% of esport participants are women. Do you not think that creating a women-only esport event is disrespectful to women that enter these events and not only put up with the so-called harassment but combat it by displaying their superior gaming skills? Of course, it is.
  • Another interesting point in the article was the paragraph, ‘Despite being able to compete on an equal playing field with men, only five per cent of esports players are women. This is often chalked down to the major earning gaps between men and women as well as the online bullying women in games often endure.’

    Call me a sceptic (or a misogynist prick), but this sounds a lot like the Feminist narrative that seems to play on a regular basis on Tumblr and YouTube nowadays. I am going to go through the entire paragraph piece by piece to debunk it.

    “Despite being able to compete on an equal playing field with men, only five per cent of esports players are women.”

    This, right here, is misrepresentation of information at its finest. According to Christina Hoff Sommers, a Factual Feminist who proved that videogames do not cause violence and misogyny, said in her videos that the ratio of male gamers to female gamers is 7:1. When you take that number into account, women only making five percent of esport players seems to make sense, especially when you take into account that not everyone breaks into esport and it’s a very competitive industry.

    “This is often chalked down to the major earning gaps between men and women as well as the online bullying women in games often endure.”

    A lot of people don’t realise it but women, on average, make more money via Twitch donations when compared to men. This is why we have seen the rise of so-called ‘Boob Streamers’. And as far as the actual tournament money is concerned, this point here is completely rubbish.

    I have not seen a tournament winner to win less money just because she is a woman. If an individual wins the tournament, they get the prize. I have never seen any event go, ‘hey, you are a woman. You only get $5000 instead of $10,000’.

    Many esport players do not go in as individuals but rather as clans. So, when the pot money is won by a clan, the money gets split. Whether the money is split unevenly among the players is something that is down to the clan itself, not the awarding bodies.

    Another thing which I would like to mention here is that many esports are covered widely by media over Internet and often sees endorsements by brands like energy drinks, gaming setups, etc. If such gender pay disparity existed, do you think those companies would continue to endorse such events? Take a moment to think about the answer.

    And as far as online bullying is concerned, that is also a misconception that is widely spread. Gaming is the only industry that does not reward you for your skin colour or gender identity. As long as you are good in a game and has a decent Internet connection, nobody cares who you are.

    The article spews more feminist-propaganda at you as it goes on by claiming how misogynistic gaming community is and all, but gamers know how inclusive this industry really is.

    I am proud to be a gamer. I do not condone violence, bullying or harassment on any level. And I am also proud to know that the majority of gamers out there feel the same way.