Logan Paul is reflecting on his posting a YouTube video of a dead body and the aftermath that ensued.
The 22-year-old YouTuber sat down for an interview with Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America” Thursday to talk about the decision to post the video of a dead man hanging in the so-called “Suicide Forest” in Japan, his regrets, and his message for parents.
“It’s been tough because ironically I’m being told to commit suicide myself,” Paul told Strahan. “Millions of people literally telling me they hate me, to go die in a fire. The most horrible, horrific things.” When Strahan asked if he thought the criticism of him was fair, Paul said, “That’s the thing, I do.”
Paul explained that the intention of the video was simply to go to the forest, spend the night there and then publish a video about it.
Asked whether he had any second thoughts before posting the video, Paul said, “Yeah, the idea was to shock and show the harsh realities of suicide and get people talking about something I don’t think people are talking about much. And still, that’s the goal today.”
“It’s odd because, Michael, I’m 22 years old,” Paul said. “It’s not like I’m making content necessarily for kids. Sometimes I cuss, sometimes I make inappropriate jokes. I want to make jokes that kids my age will like. I’m my own demographic,” adding that he is now much more aware of how his work can impact viewers. “I think parents should be monitoring what their children are watching more.
“But at the same time, it’s not like I’m a bad guy. I’m a good guy who made a bad decision.”
Paul also talked about some of the lessons that have come from his experience. “One of the things I’m learning, which actually pertains to me as well, is crisis passes. Crisis passes, man, and for anyone suffering it’s important to know that.
“This has been, to be honest with you, the hardest time in my life,” Paul said. “I’ve never been hated by the whole world and it’s been something to definitely overcome. I will think twice in the future about what I post. Probably three times.”