Celebrities have added their voices to calls for Logan Paul to be banned from YouTube after the internet sensation filmed a dead man hanging from a tree.
The 'sickening' video, titled 'We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest' was removed from YouTube last night after being viewed more than six million times.
In it, Logan and his brother Jake Paul wander through Aokigahara, the so-called Suicide Forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji, where they find a man hanging.
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"I really hate to say this, I think there's someone hanging right there," Logan tells the camera. "I'm not even f***ing kidding."
Logan can then be heard saying things such as, "What the f**k is going on?" and, "It doesn't make sense bro."
When filming the body from a few feet away, he then says to the camera: “His hands are purple. He died this morning."
In the introduction to the YouTube post, 22-year-old Logan tells his millions of young subscribers: “This is not clickbait. This is the most real vlog I've ever posted on this channel.
"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."
But after thousands of viewers reacted with disgust at his seemingly callous behaviour, Logan removed the video and issued a grovelling apology on Twitter.
"Where do I begin... 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 wrote.
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"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 went on to insist he'd only shared the video to "raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention" before pointing out that he films videos every day for his fans.
"I’m often reminded of how big a reach I truly have and which great power comes great responsibility… for the first time in my life I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly," Logan added.
"It won’t happen again. I love everyone. I believe in people. I’m out here. Peace. #Logang4Life."
But fans didn't believe Logan was truly sorry for what he'd done, and condemned his apology.
Famous people joined in the chorus of disapproval, with some calling for him to be removed from YouTube altogether.
Singer Rebecca Black tweeted: "The amount of personal + social unawareness Logan Paul has displayed in THAT video is mind blowing to me. How could one w such power and influence have the audacity to put something so thoughtless online? You have potentially intensified an entire family's grief beyond measure."
YouTuber PewDiePie - who himself has come under fire for his controversial views and videos - tweeted to say: "Logan Paul goes to ''suicide forest'': WoAH wE f0UNd ded GuY here!!!!! s0 cRaZy! lEMme jUsT zOom in oN tHis F0r tHe Vl0g OK guYs seRiousLy , lEAve a like if yur sad to0.."
Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner tweeted Logan directly, telling him: "You’re an idiot. You’re not raising awareness. You’re mocking. I can’t believe how self-praising your “apology” is. You don’t deserve the success (views) you have. I pray to God you never have to experience anything like that man did."
And Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul told him: "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."
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