Radio 1 has pulled an interview with YouTuber Logan Paul.There had been a lot of criticism when it was announced he was going to appear on Charlie Sloth’s show on Thursday night.Charlie Sloth spoke about the issue on his show last night.
“We’ve listened back to the interview we did with Logan and even though it was only part of a wider piece, we don’t feel it’s right.”So we’ve decided we are not going to run it.” he said.
Paul sparked controversy in January when he published a video in one of his vlogs showing a man hanging from a tree by his neck in Japan’s ‘suicide forest’.
He was set to appear on Charlie Sloth’s Thursday night programme and a promotional video posted to BBC Radio 1’s social media accounts have provoked outrage.
It showed US-born Logan discussing his upcoming white collar boxing match against fellow YouTuber KSI.And some social media users were outraged to learn Logan was appearing on the show.
‘What have you let this creature have a public platform? Don’t encourage people to discuss mental health and then give exposure to a boy who mocked someone’s hanging body,’ wrote Niamh.
But others were looking forward to the explosive interview at 9pm tonight and said Logan should be forgiven for his controversial video earlier this year.’Everyone makes mistakes. No one is perfect,’ wrote KC.
‘Here’s an idea, if you don’t like him, DON’T LISTEN. Who said only perfect people are allowed on the radio?’ added Jack Nicks.
Logan apologised after his antics in the Aokigahara forest in Japan – a known suicide spot – and posted a video about suicide awareness to help make amends.Paul was visiting the location, commonly known as the “suicide forest,” as part of a trip to Japan and filming it for his daily vlog. He’s since taken down the video and apologised for uploading it, claiming he was trying to raise awareness of suicide.
The video was uploaded under the title “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” and starts with a viewer discretion warning to Paul’s 15 million-plus subscribers. Paul speaks to the camera in a somber tone, saying he hasn’t monetized the video with adverts and that “this is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted on this channel.” He then tells viewers: “With that said: buckle the fuck up, because you’re never gonna see a video like this again.”
The YouTube star, who has 16 million subscribers, was dropped from Google’s premium advertising programme last month as a punisment for his deeds.
Logan Paul, the 22-year-old Ohio native said he understands “they needed to take a stance” but added “while I don’t necessarily maybe agree with it, I do respect it.”
Asked how the punitive measures had affected his profits, the vlogger responded: “It hurts, but it’s not like I’m drowning.“I try not to live my life thinking about money … creating content to make people smile and laugh, that’s what makes me happy.
He also promised to donate $1million (£700,000) to suicide prevention groups
A Radio 1 spokesperson told the BBC that Sloth ‘is used to handling controversial guests’ and pointed out that the DJ has previously condemned Logan’s behaviour.
In January he chose Logan as ‘Wally of the Week’ on his show and slammed the star for his initial apology, which he claimed was ‘to massage his own ego’.”Millions and millions of people around the world look up to Logan Paul, including loads of youngsters.”My children are some of those youngsters – they look up to Logan Paul like a superstar,” he said.”Fam, let’s face it, you are an absolute wally.”