Indecency of the Internet: Logan Paul’s idiocy

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Maddy Gleason, Features Editor

If you don’t know who Logan Paul is, consider yourself lucky. Unfortunately, most of us can’t say that we haven’t heard of the infamous internet star.

On the last day of 2017, he released a video that launched a huge social media brawl.

The video showed Paul venturing through Aokigahara, the Japanese suicide forest, with a group of his friends. He filmed a victim of suicide in one of the nearby trees, and laughed about it.

“I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity,” said Paul in an apology he posted on twitter.

This apology is merely an attempt to be instantly forgiven by the internet. The paragraphs he typed on his phone are not enough to make up for the fact that he’s an attention seeking degenerate.

He claims he “intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention” but his video very graphically displays his  incredibly disrespectful attitude.

Apparently, he wasn’t trying to be disrespectful, but that’s hard to believe when when he pulled out a bottle of sake and said “I don’t want to be sober for this s**t”.

It’s appalling  that Paul released this video with a fan base which is made up of 70% young people. We don’t want Logan Paul teaching the kids and teenagers that it’s ok to mock suicide and depression. Although his pea-sized brain didn’t recognize this, it’s incredibly insensitive because sadly, there are high suicide rates of young people.

He also uncomfortably offended Japanese culture in the same video. He threw a dead fish on a civilian’s car, he shouted loudly in a temple and had to be removed by the police, and by showing the body he disrupted the sacristy of death.

After he posted this video, Youtube removed him from a youtube red production. They also decreased his monetization from premium ads. But this isn’t punishment enough. He needs to understand that what he did affected victims of suicide and their friends and family.

Fellow youtubers took a stand and used their platforms to make a change. Jessie Paege, on twitter, said “the fact that a human could ever think that it’s morally correct to not only joke about suicide, but to exploit it for personal gain is frightening. The topic is sensitive and vulnerable and should be treated with absolute respect.”

“Being blinded by your ego so much so that thinking it is okay to make insensitive remarks about suicide, and broadcasting it for millions of CHILDREN to see is sickening,” tweeted Ethan Dolan, another  youtuber.

Paul claimed to have removed the ads from his video, but there was a short ad at the beginning of it. They were removed but it’s despicable  that Paul attempted to get away with this attempt for benefit.

Paul was interviewed on Good Morning America where he apologized and said “I’m a good person who made a bad decision. …I will think twice in the future about what I post.”

The apology was greatly appreciated, and he even donated one million dollars towards suicide prevention. Previously angry viewers could give him a second chance.

But then, less than two weeks later, he rolls up with a new video, in which he tases a dead rat. If we didn’t know before, now his priorities are obvious.  Who cares if you offend millions of people, as long as you get attention?

Many of his supporters think people who are responding are being too harsh. But you know what’s harsh? Laughing about a dead body and tasing a dead rat.

These decisions that haven’t exactly made Logan Paul shine, and there’s a pattern in his behavior. Paul does something idiotic and offensive, then fabricates bogus apologies to quiet down the mayhem for a while. Then he makes another repulsive video and hopes for a positive response. But we won’t ignore this anymore. People of this caliber should not be so easily forgiven.

Also, the reason behind these decisions isn’t some complex plan to win over the internet; it’s money. In all of his videos, he shills his merchandise, talks about how much money he makes, and uses these horrible decisions for lucrative purposes and to dupe teens out of millions of dollars.

Everyone likes attention, but it’s possible without showing a dead body or disrespecting sacred and ancient culture. For future youtubers who want to grow, start a hashtag trend, or use your talents to boost your supporters and fan base.

Logan Paul has made too many mistakes for the public to forgive him. He’s continually disrespected sacred Japanese culture, and violated a suicide victim as well as a dead animal. It would be a relief if he quit Youtube and stopped with the offensive and attention seeking acts, but he’s already ruined his career. Despite constant retaliation from the public, Paul has not ceased these childish acts, and it’s pretty obvious he hasn’t learned his lesson yet.