PewDiePie Slams Fellow YouTube Star Logan Paul Over Japanese Suicide Forest Video

YouTube star Logan Paul has issued an apology following a backlash over his decision to upload a video to his popular channel of a person who had possibly died by suicide.

His footage, titled, "We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest," was viewed more than 1 million times and described by Paul as "the most real vlog I've ever posted to this channel."

Paul’s footage shows himself and some friends walking through the forest in Aokigahara, where they discover a dead body and proceed to film it and their own reactions to the situation, the BBC reported.

But the vlogger pulled the video down on Monday evening following a series of complaints and criticism, including from a number of celebrities who weighed in on the issue.

Fellow YouTube star PewDiePie, himself no stranger to controversy—he was widely criticized for using racist language and repeated instances of anti-Semitism in his vlogs—appeared to question Paul’s motivation for shooting the controversial footage in a tweet posted on Tuesday.

And Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul tweeted: “Dear  @ LoganPaul, 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,” while other social media users shared links to suicide-prevention hotlines and condemned the vlogger for his footage.

Issuing an apology after removing the footage, Paul wrote: “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. I’m surrounded by good people and believe I can 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. 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 added.