Infamous YouTuber Logan Paul has decided to beef up the security at his $6.5 million mansion following immense online backlash.
The 22-year-old has hired a security team outside his home after he was blasted online for uploading a video in which he could be seen cracking jokes in front a hanging suicide victim in a Japanese forest.
The forest is a known location for people in Japan to commit suicide, so it’s uncertain just what Logan was expecting when he went into the forest to film a video.
Security vehicles have been noticed outside Paul’s massive Rancho Estate mansion, just days after the internet backlash for the tasteless and insensitive video, according to the Daily Mail.
Logan was spotted for the first time since the internet reaction when he went out for a run near his LA home, looking ‘distraught’.
[LEFT] My new house [RIGHT] Promises I wrote down 7 years ago after life kicked my ass… At 15 years old, I had surgery on both knees and got a titanium plate the sizer of a quarter inserted in my head. I was ruled out for the ENTIRE football season (the only thing I wanted to do at the time), and remember crying, literally weeping on the floor at home, screaming “WHYYY ME?! WHYYYY?!” <— lol can you imagine that? ANYWAYS… I took the loss. But I decided to say F**K IT, and that I wasn’t going to let this road bump shape my destiny or my mindset. Instead, I let it make me stronger. Next time, I was going to kick LIFE’S ass ? Now, after years of hard work, exceeding expectations and countless hours of honing and pursuing my passion of creating, at 22 years old, I JUST BOUGHT ME A HOUSE! TAKE THAT LIFE, YOU SON OF A BITCH! ? Jk, you’re dope, and thanks for having me on your planet. The Mavericks stay winning ? p.s., look at my shorts, @MaverickByLoganPaul bottoms dropping Nov 1, about to change the merch game forever YEET #BeAMaverick #LinkInBio
He released an apology video as a response for the vlog, which read:
Dear Internet, 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 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 do this sh*t everyday. 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 assessing the possible ramifications.
I’m often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have & 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.
However, even his apology video has been the subject of some backlash, with some even speculating that he had made between $14.7k and $117.5k for the video as of January 5.
The monetised video on YouTube received 29.4 million views at the time of these calculations, as well as one million comments.
The original video has drawn the attention of local Japanese police, who wish to ask him questions about the body found in the forest.
Spokesman for the Yamanashi prefectural police, Masaki Ito, said they wish to speak to him, even if people are not obligated to report a body, reported The Sun.
Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Over 21,000 people end their own lives every year.
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