CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses suicide.
It feels like an eternity has passed since mega-popular vlogger Logan Paul uploaded a video to YouTube in which he joked about discovering the body of a suicide victim. Since that infamous clip, Paul issued an apology, then another apology, announced his sabbatical from the platform, and was banished from YouTube’s top tier of advertising partnerships.
In those three weeks, his younger brother Jake Paul – a massively successful vlogger in his own right – offered precious little insight into his thoughts on the debacle. That has changed, thanks to today’s upload.
Sparing two minutes of the teeth-gritting video’s thirteen-minute run-time to speak on the issue, Paul explained why he took so long to offer his viewpoint, and condemned his sibling for the entire ordeal.
Everybody’s asking me to talk about what I think about the Logan situation and what happened. I wanted to let the situation, like, have some time to breathe.
I know Logan was going through a lot, and everyone was talking about it, and it didn’t feel right to comment on it right away. But, as his brother, and as someone who knows Logan the best, I do feel it’s necessary to say something about it, or give my perspective about it.
I think what Logan did was very, very, very wrong indeed. He made a huge mistake, and not only is he paying for it, but he is learning from it.
And I think that in no way, shape, or form, is suicide a joke, or should be made fun of in any way, shape, or form. Or any behavioural, mental issue in general.
Paul did go on to defend his brother, claiming he didn’t mean to offend anyone by zooming in on the hands of a corpse, and laughing incredulously as he wore a lime-green Toy Story hat.
I don’t think it’s right what he did, at all. And I know Logan more than probably anybody else, and I do know though that he did not mean to offend anyone, and I could tell like, when he’s in shock, and he didn’t handle the situation in the right way, but I know in the back of his head he didn’t mean to offend or hurt anybody, or create such a big frustration.
And he is honestly, truly, truly sorry. And I also know how strong of a human being he is, and so to see him like that, it was sad to me.
But I think guys like the Logang, for all of his supporters and stuff, I also know that since he is that strong person he’s going to learn from his mistakes – which he has – and be able to bounce back.
And I know that you guys are going to support him along the way. Just like I am. And he’s my brother, and I love him, and brothers always have to have each other’s back.
So, it’s good that the brothers – who have previously engaged in over-the-top beef, including actual diss tracks – are on good terms, after what could be the most harrowing online fuck-up in recent memory.
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If you or someone you know is dealing with mental illness, there are resources you can turn to including BeyondBlue (1300 22 4636), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467) and Lifeline (13 11 14).