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Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 10:43 AM
— YouTube personality Logan Paul apologized for sharing a video during a visit to Japan’s “suicide forest” that included footage of what appeared to be a dead body, NPR reported.
“Where do I begin,” Paul wrote on his Twitter page late Monday. “Let’s start with this. I’m sorry.”
“I didn’t do it for views. I get views,” tweeted Paul, who has more than 15 million YouTube subscribers. “I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.”
Paul said in his Twitter post that he originally posted the video to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention.
The video was filmed in the Aokigahara forest at the edge of Mount Fuji, an area that has been famous for its popularity among people who want to carry out a suicide, NPR reported. In his video, Paul blurred out the face of the person who had died, but he showed other parts of the body as he and his friends stood near it and talked.
“Yo, are you alive?" he says in the video, Fox News reported.
The video was uploaded Sunday and titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest.” According to New York magazine, it garnered more than 6 million views in less than one day before it was removed by Paul.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
The backlash Paul received included a tweet from actress and online video veteran Anna Akana, who lost her sister, Kristina, to suicide 10 years ago.
“You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness,” she tweeted.
Dear @LoganPaul,— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) January 2, 2018
When my brother found my sister’s body, he screamed with horror & confusion & grief & tried to save her. That body was a person someone loved.
You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.
An edited version of the video was later posted to Twitter; it does not include footage of the body. Instead, it shows some of Paul's reactions and comments, NPR reported.
Paul said that he had “demonetized” the video, which had a segment in the parking lot near the forest. In that segment, he told viewers that his laughter and attempts at humor were a coping mechanism after seeing the body.
Logan Paul and his friends laughing and smiling after discovering a dead body pic.twitter.com/azY7EAiuC4— JhbTeam (@JhbTeam) January 2, 2018
YouTube star Laci Green was not amused, NPR reported, tweeting that “exploiting a suicide victim in Japan to the tune of 6M+ views while YouTube demonetizes students protesting in Iran is a perfect example of what a sociopathic garbage fire YouTube has become.”
logan paul exploiting a suicide victim in Japan to the tune of 6M+ views while youtube demonetizes students protesting in Iran is a perfect example of what a sociopathic garbage fire youtube has become. this industry has no soul left.— Laci Green (@gogreen18) January 2, 2018
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:22 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — A Cirque du Soleil acrobat who fell during a Saturday performance in Tampa, Florida, died from his injuries, a hospital spokeswoman told WTSP on Sunday.
According to a video viewed by WTSP and The Tampa Bay Times, the aerial acrobat lost his grip on a ribbon strap during the company’s “Volta” show and fell 10 feet to the stage below.
A spokesman for Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group identified the performer as Yann Arnaud, a longtime aerialist, WFLA reported.
The show was stopped, and Arnaud was taken to Tampa General Hospital. He died from his injuries, spokeswoman Ellen Fiss told WTSP.
The two performances scheduled for Sunday were canceled, the company in charge of publicizing the show said in a statement.
"The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy. Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him," company CEO Daniel Lamarre said. "Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on supporting Yann’s family and our employees, especially the ‘Volta’ team, as we go through these difficult times together."
Arnuad’s death is the second performer fatality in Cirque du Soleil's history, WTSP reported. According to the BBC, Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died during a 2013 show in Las Vegas when she fell 94 feet to the floor when a safety wire detached.
Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 1:02 PM
— Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, met a special Girl Scout who used his song, “Redbone,” to sell cookies in a viral video on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Wednesday night.
Late-night host Stephen Colbert was so impressed with the video -- which has more than 4.5 million views -- that he invited Charity Joy, 6, and her father onto the show, where they got to meet Glover.
“I never was like, ‘I’ll make this, and then one day a little girl will sell Girl Scout cookies to it,’ Glover said. “It’s pretty great. A lot of people sent (the video) to me. I was really touched.”Before they got to meet, Colbert asked Glover for his thoughts on the video.
Charity Joy had to sell 113 more boxes of cookies to meet her goal, and Glover bought them all.
Colbert then brought out a basket full of Thin Mints -- Charity Joy’s favorite -- and helped the Girl Scout, her father and Glover hand out boxes to the audience.
Watch Charity Joy’s appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” at the 7:25 mark at the video below.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
NEW YORK — He's baaack!
"Saturday Night Live" alum Bill Hader returned to the comedy show as host this week – and, much to fans' delight, revived his beloved character, New York City correspondent Stefon.
Hader brought his character-breaking comedy to "Weekend Update," recommending some unusual St. Patrick's Day hot spots.
"New York's hottest club is Gooosh," Hader's Stefon said. "Inspired by true events, this former CVS, which became a Chase Bank then became a CVS again, has a troubling yet familiar feel, like when Larry King would play himself in a movie."
Another suggestion? "If you're Irish, or just white and violent, I have the St. Paddy's place for you. New York's hottest Irish club is 'Off to Church, Mother,'" he said, adding, "This place has everything: Peeps, TED Talks, Roman J. Israel, Esq., and be sure to hit the dance floor and do a jig with Ireland' s hottest Farrah-cauns — leprechauns that look like Farrah Fawcett."
John Mulaney, Stefon's co-creator, also joined Hader as Stefon's lawyer, Shy.
During the segment, fans flocked to Twitter to sing Stefon's praises. Scroll down to see what they were saying.
I actually screamed in my room when they introduced Stefon 😭💓 @nbcsnl— Rachel Hirsch (@richfroggy) March 18, 2018
STEFON!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ BEST NIGHT EVER!!!!!!!! @nbcsnl— Danielle Bonet (@broadwaystar952) March 18, 2018
STEFON IS BACK @nbcsnl— ‘68 (@phoenixjoplin) March 18, 2018
Y'ALL REALLY BROUGHT STEFON BACK @nbcsnl— baby chili flake (@Endishu1) March 18, 2018
Live reaction of me when John Mulaney CAME ON TV DURING THE STEFON SEGMENT pic.twitter.com/GkMRm84wdm— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) March 18, 2018
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:20 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:20 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — Update, 2:14 a.m. CDT Sunday: Austin police have arrested a man in connection with a bomb threat that led to the cancellation of The Roots’ show Saturday at South by Southwest.
The city of Austin tweeted the following statement early Sunday:
Statement regarding the Bud Light Fair Market event attached. pic.twitter.com/LWsd8sgaYT— Austin Texas (@austintexasgov) March 18, 2018
Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, was arrested on charges of making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, the release said.
Police also tweeted Ingram’s booking photo:
Booking photo of Trevor Ingram. pic.twitter.com/pEpE3lifVn— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 18, 2018
ORIGINAL STORY: A South by Southwest performance by The Roots at Fair Market in Austin, Texas, was canceled Saturday night due to a “security concern,” event organizers said.
Due to a security concern we have made the hard decision to cancel tonight's event. Your safety and the safety of all fans at SXSW is our most important priority.— Bud Light (@budlight) March 18, 2018
A police spokesman said around 9:30 p.m. that more information would be released via Twitter, but nothing had been posted by 11:30 p.m. CDT.
However, the Austin Chronicle reported that it had two staffers at the event. One staffer heard event workers discussing the concern as a bomb threat, according to a report the weekly posted online, and "a second Chronicle staffer spoke with someone working at Fair Market tonight, who confirmed that Austin police were canvassing the property to determine whether there is any validity to the threat."
The cancellation of the show on the final night of the South By Southwest Festival comes at a time of heightened concern in the city following three deadly package bombs – two on Monday – that have exploded in East Austin this month, killing two people and seriously injuring a third.
Representatives for the event issued the following statement Saturday night after the cancellation:
“Due to a security concern, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight’s Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam. After working proactively with SXSW, the Austin Police Department, and other authorities, Bud Light believes this is the best course of action to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and artists, and appreciate your understanding. We are truly sorry to have to cancel the event, but we felt it was necessary to take all safety precautions.”
In an Instagram post, Fair Market representatives said Anheuser-Busch made the call to cancel the event.
In a tweet that was later deleted Saturday night, frontman Questlove wrote, “Uh, welp can’t say much but for those in Austin waiting in line to see us tonight. Tonight’s show has been cancelled. They’ll make official announcement but I’d rather save y’all the trouble of waiting in line.”
In response to fans who were upset after waiting in line for hours, Questlove also tweeted:
Uh come on now. If you gonna point fingers, start w the individual who caused it to be canceled.— T'Questlove (@questlove) March 18, 2018