- Najja Parker The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
YouTuberer Logan Paul generally garners attention for his popular vlogs, but one of his latest uploads, which included footage of what appeared to be a dead body, has caused controversy.
The video was titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest.” It followed him and his friends as they visited sites in the Asian country, including Aokigahara or the Sea of Trees, which is known as one of the world’s most prevalent suicide sites.
After the post hit the web on Sunday, he received a ton of backlash, removed the upload Monday after it had been view 6 million times and issued an apology.
Curious about the social media star? Here are five things you should know.
He grew up in Ohio.
Born Apr. 1, 1995, Paul was raised in Westlake, Ohio with his younger brother Jake. After graduating from high school, he enrolled into Ohio University before dropping out in 2014 to pursue a career as a social media star in Los Angeles.
The 22-year-old first gained notoriety on Vine.
He joined Vine early in his career and his following grew to more than 3 million people by 2014. In 2015, he was named the 10th most influential figure on the platform.
More than 15 million people have subscribed to his YouTube channel.
He has 15 million subscribers and 2 billion views on YouTube. His content includes daily vlogs, challenges and short films.
He’s been on the big and small screen.
The actor has appeared in several films and television shows, including “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Foursome” and “Stitchers.”
In 2017, he began collaborating with Dewayne Johnson in a few sketch videos, where Logan attempts to land a role in one of Johnson’s films.
In addition to the dead body clip, other insensitive recordings have surfaced from his Japan trip.
More footage shows Paul running around in a stereotypical rice hat and robe, walking with his hands held in a prayer position and smashing a gameboy at a store, calling it “much-o broken-o.”