Opinion

OPINION: Sensationalism wins again

By Laura Caicedo

We bridge the gap between entertainment and pure sensationalism when talking about Logan Paul. The Youtube star, who has around 16 million subscribers in their teens and early 20’s, has had a lot of backlash directed toward himself, and for a very obvious reason. Early January, he went to Japan and traveled to Aokigahara, or more known as “the suicide forest,” where he filmed one of his videos.

As he and his crew walk around, they found a dead body, and their only thought was, “We need to film it.” See, this world is filled with so much sensationalism and the curiosity of violence and death that we don’t need more, and certainly not from some dude that even had the guts to laugh. Yes, you can hear him laughing in the video – nervously, perhaps? – while filming the segment.

Maybe the number of views he was going to get got into his head and erased any kind of logical thinking, but the audacity to edit and upload the video makes us think about how low we can go just for the sake of views and popularity. What is more bizarre is his response to all this mess. He took a two-week hiatus from all social media and “reflected” on his behavior. He posted a 1:45 minute-long video apologizing and another seven-minute video in which he talks about suicide prevention and interviews a suicide survivor.

We then can be happy! He has changed and he’s repented, but the cynicism touches rock bottom when not a week later, he uploads a video of tasering death rats. This is the behavior of someone who really doesn’t care, or just cares about little and insignificant things. As people say, maybe we are now all more susceptible and find everything “problematic,” but it’s not that. We can call-out other people’s behaviors, hold them to their errors and try to make them see the bad in their actions, and that was what people were trying to tell Paul. Being insensible is one thing, but ignoring the voices of more that 100 talking about suicide and the seriousness of his actions is, to me, touching rock bottom of the carelessness of others coexisting around you.

Laura Caicedo is a sophomore journalism major. This review reflects the view of the author only.

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