YouTube Star Who Posted Video of Dead Body Says Parents Should 'Monitor' What Kids Watch


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YouTube Star Logan Paul made headlines last month after he enraged fans by posting a disturbing video from Japan's "suicide forest" featuring an actual dead body. After being criticized for his lack of judgment and "insincere" apologies, as well as losing both fans and lucrative business deals, the 22-year-old is once again catching flak for defending his actions by suggesting that parents should take more responsibility for their kids' viewing choices

  • The quote came from an interview Paul did with "Good Morning America" anchor Michael Strahan.

    In it, Paul gave a little insight into his thought process -- specifically, the one that led him to shoot, edit, and upload a video with such graphic, disturbing content. The YouTuber claimed his intent wasn't to offend, but to "shock and show the harsh realities of suicide."

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    Strahan asked Paul if he truly understood the impact his actions had on his 16 million followers -- many of whom are young kids. "When you put out content like that, do you realize the age of your audience?" he asked.

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  • "Michael, I'm 22 years old," Paul said. "It's not like I'm making content necessarily for kids."

    "Sometimes I cuss, sometimes I make inappropriate jokes ... I'm going to be honest with you, Michael, I think parents should be monitoring what their children are watching more," Paul explained. "Every parent I meet whose kids are under 9 or an age of, like, 12, I go, 'Hey, you let your kids watch my stuff,' and they go, 'Yeah, what am I going to do?'"

    Paul did say that after the backlash he faced, he has become more conscious of the fact that he has a huge influence on the many young children who look up to him and watch his YouTube channel.

  • Very few agreed with Paul's implication that he shouldn't be held responsible for the content his young fans see.

  • The vast majority of parents were actually pretty disgusted with his comments.

  • Some suggested that the responsibility falls solely on creators who know they have young fan bases.

  • Toward the end of his interview, Paul shared that he is putting more thought into his online presence now.

    "I will think twice in the future about what I post," he said. "Probably three times."

    While his words appear to be somewhat sincere, they have certainly struck a nerve with many concerned parents. For most of us, monitoring the media our kids consume is a part of our everyday jobs. Still, at some point, we have to be able to trust that those creating the media -- especially when that media is specifically geared toward young people -- are being responsible with their platforms. No one is suggesting that Logan Paul cater only to his young fans, but it would certainly be nice if he refrained from shifting the blame onto the unsuspecting parents of the kids he traumatized. 

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