YouTube Cancel Logan Paul’s Show, Cuts Off Chunk of His Revenue
UPDATE (01/10/18 8.33 p.m. ET)
Logan Paul isn't getting away with just an apology for his Japan suicide video after all.
YouTube announced today, Wednesday, it was dropping him from one of their original series, YouTube Red comedy Foursome.
However, the biggest hit to Logan's brand, and his pocket, came when Google Preferred — the top 5 percent of most-viewed YouTube content — said it will no longer aggregate his multimillion-subscriber channels for advertisers.
LOGAN WILL BE BACK! SUPER FANS!! BUS UPDATES! MISTAKES!! We all screw up. Its 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. Thats 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
This means he's cut off from his main source of YouTube income.
His upcoming YouTube Red movie The Thinning: New World Order is also now on hold.
Read on for more details.
UPDATE (1/3/18 at 1:35 p.m. ET):
Logan Paul is apologizing for a second time.
The Youtuber opened up about his very controversial video showing an alleged Japanese suicide victim in a new vlog.
"I've made a severe and continuous lapse in my judgment and I don't expect to be forgiven. I'm simply here to apologize," he said.
"So what we came across that day in the woods was obviously unplanned and the reactions you saw on tape were raw and they were unfiltered," he shared.
"None of us knew how to react or how to feel. I should have never posted the video. I should have put the cameras down, stopped recording what we were going through.”
He continued, “There's a lot of things I should have done differently but I didn't and for that from the bottom of my heart I am sorry."
The social media star then apologized to the people he offended.
"I want to apologize to the internet, I want to apologize to anyone who has seen the video, I want to apologize to anyone who has been affected or touched by mental illness or depression or suicide but most importantly I want to apologize to the victim and his family,” he said.
“For my fans who are defending my actions, please don't, they don't deserve to be defended. The goal with my content is always to entertain, to push the boundaries, to be all inclusive. In the world I live in I share most everything I do."
She continued, “The intent is never to be heartless, cruel or malicious. Like I said I made a huge mistake. I don't expect to be forgiven. I'm just here to apologize. I'm ashamed of myself. I'm disappointed in myself. And I promise to be better. I will be better. Thank you."
Original story (1/2/18 at 12:34 p.m. ET):
Logan Paul has found himself in some serious trouble.
The Youtube personality is facing extreme outrage after he shared a controversial video that seemed to show the body of a suicide victim in Japan.
The clip was filmed in Aokigahara, a place in Japan known as the “suicide forest” due to the high number of suicides that occur there.
The 22-year-old immediately came under fire for showing a dead body in the video he titled, “We found a dead boy in the Japanese Suicide Forest.”
“This is not clickbait. This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel,” he said in the now-deleted video, according to New York Magazine.
“I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history because I’m pretty sure this has never hopefully happened to anyone on YouTube ever.”
He continued, “Now with that said: Buckle the f—k up, because you’re never gonna see a video like this again!”
Needless to say, he was hit with serious backlash from many social media followers, including a number of celebrities.
“Dear @LoganPaul, How dare you! You disgust me. I can't believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad,” actor Aaron Paul wrote on Twitter.
Dear @LoganPaul,Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) 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.
“Hopefully this latest video woke them up. You are pure trash. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. Go rot in hell.”
The social media star then shared an apology on Twitter on Monday, January 1.
“Let’s start with this — I’m sorry. This is a first for me. I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before,” he said.
“I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong.
“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. That’s never the intention,” he shared.
“I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought ‘if this video saves just ONE life, it’ll be worth it,’ I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video. I still am.”
He continued, “I do this s—t every day. I’ve made a 15 minute TV show EVERY SINGLE DAY for the past 460+ days.
“One may understand that it’s easy to get caught up in the moment without fully weighing the possible ramifications.
“I’m often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have and with great power comes great responsibility… for the first time in my life I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won’t happen again. I love everyone. I believe in people. I’m out here. Peace.”
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