YouTube star Logan Paul has been all over the news this past week, due to the controversy surrounding a video posted to his YouTube channel where he filmed a video inside Japan’s “suicide forest” which featured the body of man who had committed suicide.
The video has since been deleted, but the after-effect is still being felt as viewers react and the future of the YouTube personalities channel remains up in the air.
Here is a timeline of the events that have occured since Paul released his controversial video:
December 31, 2017
Paul posts the controversial video to his YouTube channel, which boasts more than 15 million followers.
January 1, 2018
Paul removes the video, which had already gained over 6 million views from the popular video sharing site. He then takes to Twitter to post an apology that many criticized as missing the point and being self centered. Celebrities such as Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner and Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul, who shares no relation to the star, tweet their reactions to the incident.
January 2, 2018
Paul posts another apology, this time in the form of a video, to his YouTube channel, where he tells viewers, “I’ve made a severe and continuous lapse in my judgment, and I don’t expect to be forgiven.” Numerous other YouTube personalities, such as Ethan Dolan and Alisa Marie, continue to tweet their disdain and disgust over the situation.
January 3, 2018
Paul takes to Twitter once more, this time to announce that he will be taking a break from YouTube and his daily vlogs, tweeting that he is “taking to time reflect.”
January 4, 2018
Japanese Suicide Prevention Group Ova slams Paul, telling The Japan Times that Paul’s video “raises serious issues from the point of suicide prevention,” and is in clear violation of the World Heath Organization guidelines on how the media should report on the issue. The controversy appears to have since died down for the moment, but it remains to be seen if more will come from this fiasco, as YouTube users are currently calling for Paul’s channel to be removed.