After some dallying, YouTube has finally dished punishment to popular YouTuber and professional d-bag Logan Paul.
In the wake of a recent controversial video he posted which included a dead body, YouTube has removed his channel from Google Preferred and will not feature Paul in season four of Foursome.
In addition, Paul’s new Originals (series available on YouTube Red) are now on hold.
In case you somehow missed it, almost two weeks ago Paul posted a video to YouTube in which he and his gang of idiots visit the infamous Japanese Suicide Forest.
While goofing around in the forest, Paul and co. apparently stumbled upon a real suicide victim. Naturally, they responded by showing great respect for the victim by immediately switching off the cameras, ending the vlog and refusing to upload the video.
Nah, actually they had a good laugh about it and posted it to Paul’s channel, which has 15 million followers and makes the guy an estimated million bucks a month.
The video was taken down, but not before millions of people had seen it, with some reuploading it to Let the World Know.
Here is a version of the video with images of the victim edited out:
Logan Paul and his friends laughing and smiling after discovering a dead body pic.twitter.com/azY7EAiuC4
— JhbTeam (@JhbTeam) January 2, 2018
The retribution was swift and brutal. The internet slammed Paul for the video, with regular folk, popular YouTubers and celebrities all chiming in.
When my brother found my sister’s body, he screamed with horror & confusion & grief & tried to save her. That body was a person someone loved.
You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.
— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) January 2, 2018
Logan Paul goes to ''suicide forest'':
WoAH wE f0UNd ded GuY here!!!!!
lEMme jUsT zOom in oN tHis F0r tHe Vl0g
OK guYs seRiousLy , lEAve a like if yur sad to0..
— pewdiepie ? (@pewdiepie) January 2, 2018
How dare you! You disgust me. I can't believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad. Hopefully this latest video woke them up. You are pure trash. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. Go rot in hell.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) January 2, 2018
Paul posted an apology video but many saw it as weak. Also, it was speculated that while the original video was demonetised, this one wasn’t.
People doubled down on Paul hate. He went from being tolerated to openly loathed. There is now a cottage industry building around Hating Paul which isn’t too healthy, either.
YouTube also copped flack for being too slow to act. Were they trying to protect their precious moneymaker?
Paul’s most fervent followers, known as the “Logang”, seem satisfied with the apology. He could truly do anything and retain large sections of his rabid fanbase.
Paul announced he is taking a break to reflect and hasn’t uploaded a video since. It’s unclear where he will go from here, but one thing is for sure: he will be back.
The kind of person who would make the video in question is also the type of person who simply cannot put the camera down.
His father has pretty much confirmed Paul’s return in an Instagram post in which he tells the haters to shut their mouths and claims we all make mistakes. The video also confirms camera-wielding d-baggery is an inherited trait.
LOGAN WILL BE BACK! SUPER FANS!! BUS UPDATES! MISTAKES!! We all screw up. It’s a part of life. Do I agree with everything my boys do. NO! Do I agree with some of the things my friends do? NO! Do they disagree with some things I do? YES! Face it folks……. we all fuck up at one time or another. That’s life!! What we do with those mistakes, bad judgement or whatever term you give it , is what matters. I love my boys and I am sooo proud of them !! . #loganpaul #jakepaul #riseofthepauls #stophate #stopbullying #givehugs @jakepaul @loganpaul
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