Disgraced YouTube star Logan Paul has released a new video focused on suicide prevention — three-weeks after he was criticized for posting a clip of a dead body in Japan’s “suicide forest.”
In the video, a clean-cut Paul — sporting a “mature” haircut that tossed aside his trademark locks — traveled to San Francisco to meet a man who survived jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He also talked to suicide prevention specialists and admitted he was ignorant about the topic.
“As a society, as human beings, we just have to be more compassionate,” said Paul. “And that includes me, too. That’s something I’m learning along this journey.”
Paul added that he’ll be donating $1 million to suicide prevention organizations.
The 22-year-old had been on a self-imposed exile after posting a video titled: “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest,” which brought prompted backlash. At one point in the video, Paul asked a corpse hanging from a tree “Yo, are you alive?” Paul pulled the clip 24 hours later — after it had already gotten millions of views. He issued an apology, and quickly followed it with a second apology. YouTube dropped Paul from its Google Preferred program, as well as the fourth season of its YouTube Red series “Foursome.”
“I know I have made mistakes,” said Paul in his new video, titled “Suicide: Be There Tomorrow.”
“I know I have let people down. But what happens when you are given an opportunity to help make a difference in the world?” he added.
Paul talked to Dr. John Draper, Director of the National Suicide Prevention Center, and Bob Forrest, founder of the Alo House Recovery Center, in his latest clip. “It’s time to learn from the past as I get better and grown as a human being,” said the YouTuber.
You can check out the full video below.