Is it time to forgive Logan Paul?
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Is it time to forgive Logan Paul?

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YouTube celebrity Logan Paul got into serious trouble when he posted a video that showed the dead body of a suicide victim in late 2017, and some have not forgiven him to this day. YouTube removed his vlogs from Google Preferred. Paul has since made a suicide prevention PSA, has gone on "Good Morning America" to apologize and is now producing a documentary about the controversy. Others argue while he apologized, he still posts offensive content. Is it time to forgive Logan Paul?

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Logan Paul has been one of the more controversial celebrities in 2018. And now he's making a documentary about how life has been hard for him. Some sympathize, but his own lack of empathy for humanity has caused others to call for cancelation altogether of the privileged YouTuber.

According to The Verge:

Logan Paul has announced he’s making a comeback of sorts, posting a video today explaining that he’s gearing up to make a new documentary about how hard his life has gotten this year, ever since he saw a dead body in a Japanese “suicide forest,” and then had to wrestle, not just with the barest dim flickerings of his own mortality, but also with the baffling fact that people didn’t like the way he mined another human being’s death in the name of content. Paul—who’s also preparing for a YouTube celebrity boxing match alongside his brother, Jake, because the wheels never stop turning—says he intends to put an inspirational spin on the whole story, presumably focusing less on the “getting de-monetized by YouTube” and “tase-ing dead rats” side of his recent life story, and more on his upbringing and the way he brings out the best in America’s kids.

The controversy started when Paul went to a place called "the suicide forest" in Japan in late 2017. It's infamous for being a place where you can stumble across a dead body. Critics say he and his crew's choices were seriously sickening. As James Vincent described in The Verge:

In the vlog, Paul and his entourage are seen preparing to spend a night in the forest, showing off camping gear including “binoculars to see the ghosts” and “a football so we can have fun.” They troop into the woods, before the video cuts to footage of a body hanging from a rope under a tree, filmed at a distance. “Bro, did we just find a dead person in the suicide forest?” Paul asks.

Following the controversy, YouTube removed his vlogs from Google Preferred.

According to Ad Week:

YouTube issued this statement on Jan. 10: “In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred. Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season 4 of ‘Foursome’ and his new Originals are on hold.” (Google Preferred is a premium advertising program that aggregates “the top 5 percent of YouTube content” targeting users between 18 and 34.)

Paul apologized for the suicide forest video, but then posted an offensive fat-shaming video only a few months later. Has he still not learned his lesson? 🙄

But the vlogger has apologized multiple times. Defenders say he's only 22 years old, and his intentions were not evil. He says in the video, “Suicide is not a joke. Depression and mental illnesses are not a joke."

In his apology, Paul said he had faced a “monsoon of negativity” and that his intent with the video had been to “raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention.”

Paul apologized on Good Morning America back in February and talked about the hard time he has been having since the incident. He is making a documentary to further detail his life post-controversy. 

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