Logan Paul has returned to YouTube with his tail between his legs – and yet he’s still up to his old click-baiting tricks.
This time, it’s not at the expense of mental health issues, but innocent animals.
In case you missed it, the YouTube so-called prankster took a month-long hiatus after posting a despicable video depicting the aftermath of suicide.
The 22-year-old travelled to Japan’s infamous Suicide Forest and filmed a man hanging from a tree.
He later edited the video and chose to include his own reactions in the clip in a disrespectful and distasteful display of ignorance, masquerading as a mission to raise suicide prevention awareness.
After public outrage and weeks of deliberation, YouTube settled upon an appropriate punishment for Paul, which saw his channel removed from Google’s lucrative Preferred Ads program.
YouTube also cancelled his YouTube Red movie The Thinning: New World Order, which was the sequel to his 2016 movie The Thinning.
Logan even faced police action after uploading video evidence of public indecency, interference of business operations, multiple traffic violations and destruction of property, as part of the wildly offensive ‘We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest’ footage.
After the social media storm, Logan went away to take a good hard look at himself in the mirror – and make a narcissistic – if well-meaning – video about suicide prevention.
He also went on national TV, in an interview with ABC, in which he claimed the experience had been ‘tough’.
You can watch him whine in the clip below:
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He calls himself ‘a good guy who made a bad decision’, and detailed the death threats he’s been receiving since posted the initial video.
He called the ‘hurt’ he’s feeling ‘ironic’ and claims he think he came across that suicide victim so he could ‘learn’.
Days later, he was accused of making light of self-harm again, with this tweet:
swallowing 1 tide pod per retweet
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) February 5, 2018
Twitter reacted accordingly, and yet, Logan still hasn’t learned his lesson.
His latest irresponsible offering features Logan repeatedly firing a taser at a dead rat, for reasons which are unfathomable to anyone with any level of empathy towards another creature.
In the video, posted earlier this week on his YouTube channel, Paul and a couple of friends are getting rid of a dead rat they found on an outside deck – and he decided it would be ‘cool’ to shoot the carcass with a taser.
He later zaps the rat again after they toss it in a garbage bin.
He also is seen doing ‘CPR’ on a fish he removes from his garden pond. Disclaimer: That’s not how you do ‘CPR’ on a fish.
Animal rights group, PETA are now calling on YouTube to delete the video.
PETA US Senior Vice President Lisa Lange told UNILAD:
How many chances does Logan Paul get? PETA finds it repulsive that this ‘internet personality’ with millions of impressionable young followers has not learned the lesson that there is sadness, not humour, in the death of others.
This sort of content has no place on YouTube or anywhere else, as it could desensitise young people to cruelty to animals, so PETA is calling on the platform to remove it.
Logan clearly hasn’t learned his lesson, and keeps dealing in death in the most inappropriate ways, teaching his army of young followers to do so too.
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A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.