Logan Paul slammed by critics who say his redemption video was a PR stunt

Logan Paul made his return to YouTube on Wednesday with a seemingly heartfelt suicide prevention video. He pledged a $1 million donation to suicide awareness organizations and to make a new start as a YouTube star—and as a human being.

But not everybody believes Paul’s redemption story, and plenty of YouTube stars have lashed out at Paul for what they’re calling nothing more than a public relations stunt.

Paul stoked international anger this month when he filmed and posted a video of a dead body hanging in a Japanese “suicide forest,” and the consequences have been severe. He’s been dismissed from the Google Preferred program, costing him a big chunk of his YouTube payouts, and lost a YouTube Red series role.

But after a three-week absence from his channel, which has 16.2 million subscribers, Paul returned to interview a suicide survivor and vow to help make a difference in suicide prevention.

Paul seemed earnest in the video and honestly impacted by the story of Kevin Hines, a man who tried to kill himself at the age of 19 by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. But many on Twitter weren’t quite as moved by the video, and some claim Paul hasn’t changed at all.

YouTuber Rob Dyke (2.7 million subscribers) seemed perturbed and lashed out at Paul on Twitter.

Dyke wasn’t the only one who thought Paul’s pensive gazes were phony.

Musician and YouTuber Jimmy Wong had other questions about the video.

Wong expanded on that by writing, “After you posted a vlog to 6 million views using a suicide victim’s body and image as clickbait, we started diving into your past videos/tweets to see the number of ways you have continually treated and used other people as props and accessories for your success/attention. The MAIN issue, obviously, was not just this single case of your gross usage of a suicide victim, but rather that you have a behavioral and mental problem to do this sort of thing non stop. It’s been continually happening for your entire career and we finally slowly realized it.”

Wong said he hoped Paul would have used his time away from the platform to reflect on how his actions affect others. Instead, Wong wrote, Paul’s latest video suggests that he and his “PR machine” are still being deliberately manipulative and “just covering your ass.”

Casey Neistat and others, meanwhile, were a little more optimistic about Paul’s future plans.

Either way, Paul’s video has clearly made an impact. In the 24 hours since he posted his attempt at redemption, the video garnered more than 10 million views (with 1 million likes and 231,000 dislikes). And whatever Paul posts next, you can be sure there will be plenty of supporters and critics who weigh in with their opinions about his intent.

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