So on New Year’s Eve, a You Tuber named Logan Paul blew up the internet by filming a real body he found hanging in Aokigahara, or Japan’s infamous Suicide Forest.
On December 30th, just half a day before Logan and Paul and his friend arrived, my husband and I were there. I don’t know what part they were in, but it makes me very sad what happened this next day.
The truth is, the forest is a very beautiful and unique place. We, like the others on the trail, were there for this:
If you aren’t familiar with the details of what happened, Logan Paul and his friends left the trail (which the signs warn never to do) with a guide and found an apparent victim of suicide. He filmed the man’s corpse and posted it in the thumbnail for his video with only the poor man’s face blurred.
There are better details here.
It’s sickening to say the least. Before that video, he ran around Tokyo behaving like this.
If you’re wondering who would watch this moron, the answer is kids. His fans are mostly pre-teens who don’t understand that what he does hurts people. They are defending him right now and crying that he’s been “punished” enough by the backlash. Where are the parents? Why do they let their kids watch this guy and his horrible brother?
I don’t get it.
His young fans don’t understand why everyone is so angry. I’m more sickened than angry. I’m also disturbed that he could use that man’s body as nothing more than prop to film and post. Twenty-two is old enough to understand right and wrong.
Unfortunately his career will survive because his kid fans are sticking with their Logan.
It’s a pity that Aokigahara is entwined to so much dark tragedy. It’s such a beautiful place in the right light. I wish I could have helped that man who took his life the next day after this when the weather turned bad.
Here’s hoping 2018 has more days like this and less like what followed.