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PSA: Attacking Logan Paul Over Social Media Does More Harm Than Good For Suicide Prevention

Bullying someone about how they approached the subject of suicide prevention is not how you approach the subject of suicide prevention.

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Full disclosure: I did not watch Logan Paul's controversial YouTube video. In fact, I don't really know who Logan Paul is. All I know is he made a mistake and he is paying for it now with tons of backlash. He has young followers who look up to him, and it makes sense why his actions are being criticized. But the way in which he is being attacked is completely uncalled for, especially when the main topic of discussion is suicide prevention.

Various celebrities flocked to Twitter to condemn Logan Paul with harsh tweets. These tweets used hateful language, and were the perfect examples of how not to treat another human being. These people condemned Paul for setting a bad example to his followers, while simultaneously, and hopefully unintentionally, teaching their followers that it is okay to bully someone.

Journalist Lauren Duca called Logan Paul "an amoral piece of shit who could not be less deserving of his platform."

Logan Paul is an amoral piece of shit who could not be less deserving of his platform. Fuck. If you need help, the… https://t.co/Ri7RcKbhIm

According to the Bullying Statistics website "bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims." It is ironic that she criticizes Paul for abusing his platform, when she is using hers as a way to name-call and deride someone. Duca's intentions should have been to constructively criticize Paul's actions. Instead, she taught her followers that it is okay to call someone a "piece of shit" without consequence. Her intentions to help suicide prevention were thwarted by the fact that she unintentionally justified bullying, a major cause of suicide.

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner called the YouTuber an "idiot," and claimed he did not "deserve the success (views)" that he had. She also expressed a wish that Paul would "never have to experience anything like that man did."

@LoganPaul You’re an idiot. You’re not raising awareness. You’re mocking. I can’t believe how self-praising your “a… https://t.co/wbIa3qUsiV

Turner expressed empathy for the suicide victim, but failed to empathize with how Paul might feel when receiving her ridicules. Her harsh admonishment was filled with ad hominem attacks. Turner unintentionally taught her 1.6 million Twitter followers that bullying someone over social media is okay if that person also did something bad.

Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul said Logan Paul disgusted him and was "pure trash."

Dear @LoganPaul, How dare you! You disgust me. I can't believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad. H… https://t.co/1RGYILiG9e

Aaron Paul is right, suicide is not a joke. It sounds like Paul's video reflected ignorance and a lack of discernment. But telling someone to "Go rot in hell" is the worst example of how to approach suicide prevention that I have ever heard.

Again, I didn't watch Logan Paul's video. However, I doubt that his intentions were as malicious as people are making them out to be.

He obviously did not know how to approach a difficult subject, and he suffered the consequences. The same could also be said for anyone who thought it was okay to publicly admonish Logan Paul for his actions using harmful language.

At the end of the day, bullying is never okay. There are no bad guys in this situation, just a lot of ignorance. This is a good lesson for everyone. We should all be more careful about what we put out there.

Thumbnail Photo Sources: Daily Beast, Comicbook

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