After a long silence on social media, Logan Paul is finally addressing the backlash to a controversial video in which he filmed a the corpse of a suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. The video sparked immediate backlash online, and Paul removed the video from his channel and posted two apologies in the days that followed. On January 3rd, he tweeted “taking time to reflect no vlog for now see you soon,” and hasn’t been heard from since — until now. (www.theverge.com)
“For every one person that dies by suicide, there’s 287 other people that think seriously about it but don’t,” Hines says in the video. He also spoke about the need for communities to notice and help — and for people who are suffering to “be honest about their pain. – (www.npr.org)
For better or worse, Paul now has more of the spotlight than ever before. “It’s time to start a new chapter in my life as I continue to educate both myself and others on suicide,” says Paul in his video. “I’m humbled and thankful to say this is just the beginning.” It’s possible that this controversy was indeed a wake-up for Paul, and a chance for him to change an excruciatingly public mistake into a lesson for the greater good. But it’s the months that follow, and how he chooses to use his platform now, that will define the sincerity of his words.