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.
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:
Have a good day, people. PEACE OUT!