YOUTUBE DRAMA: LOGAN PAUL

YOUTUBE DRAMA: LOGAN PAUL

By: Mehran Kooshiar

Logan Paul is currently one of the most famous names in Los Angeles, but the reason for his sudden popularity has caused anger and sadness worldwide. Logan Paul was born on April 1, 1995, and is an American vlogger and actor. Logan began to gain a fanbase from his online career on the video service, Vine. After the closing of Vine, Logan Paul and other famous viners went to Youtube in search of a new job and lifestyle. As of September 2016, Logan has gained more than 15 million subscribers in his self-proclaimed “Logang.”

On January 3rd, 2018, Logan uploaded a video on his Youtube channel, LoganPaulVlogs, called We Found a Dead Body in the Japanese Suicide Forest.  In this video, Logan goes into the well-known Japanese Suicide Forest and tragically finds a dead man hanging from a tree branch. Immediately after the discovery, Logan unfortunately makes the “mistake” of trying to combine comedy with tragedy and sparked controversy amongst his viewers for his actions. Logan then quickly deleted the video off of his channel and the news went viral. Logan then went to Youtube and made an apology video immediately after going to Twitter stating, ”Taking time to reflect, no vlog for now, see you soon.” Since then, Logan has kept a low profile but is occasionally photographed by the media.

After all this drama, Youtube then decided to punish him by removing Logan from the Youtube Red show Foursome and putting his other projects on hold. Logan was also removed from Google’s “Preferred Ad Platform,” putting his Youtube income on hold. Logan was rumored to come back though in a vlog from a Youtuber known as Mike Maljak. In the video, a Logan Paul fan paused the video and zoomed in on a whiteboard which had a schedule for Logan Paul Action Plan. The column had a note saying ‘Gradual return to Youtube’ and another stating The Ellen Show, sparking many rumors that Logan would be interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres. However, on January 24th, Logan Paul returned to the platform posting a video titled Suicide Be Here Tomorrow. In the video, Logan interviewed Kevin Hines, a man who attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate bridge, but survived the experience. He also interviewed Dr. John Draper, director of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Although Logan did show remorse for suicide victims and was serious on the matter, some are not pleased, noting that he waited a long time to respond to the matter and to return. Logan Paul has still not yet come back to making daily vlogs; we can only anticipate when he will return and what he will make of his career.