Published: Fri, February 02, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

I'm a Good Guy

I'm a Good Guy

"I think that reason is so I could take this experience, learn from it, spread the message - the right way - about suicide prevention and suicide prevention awareness", he said.

Paul sparked global headlines and received widespread condemnation earlier this month for his video featuring the partially-censored body of a suicide victim in Aokigahara Forest - a location known for its high numbers of suicides.

"I believe that it happened for a reason. Millions of people hate me and go tell me to go die in a fire", Paul to ABC.

Speaking in an interview with Good Morning America's Michael Strahan on Thursday he said: 'I am a good guy who made a bad decision'.

Paul also said the idea of visiting the "Suicide Forest" in Japan was to make a fun piece of content about camping for a night. "It's the most awful, horrific things".

Paul also released a suicide prevention video to YouTube last week, following the backlash. However, Paul explained that they found a deceased body 100 yards away from the campground's parking lot. Paul could make a vlog about it, and then a whole series about living with CTE, that'd be entertaining. However, he says that much of the criticism has been fair, including YouTube dropping several of his projects and removing him from its Google Preferred ad program.

Google Preferred dropped Paul from their service after he came under fire for the December 31 post - and the vlogger told Strahan that the situation impacts his bottom line. "Creating and making other people happy makes me happy". "People who didn't know who he was before - parents who maybe heard something negative about him a couple weeks ago but didn't really know him - sort of saw this softer, more positive side of him today and I think it has just grown his brand".

"Let me say I thought that what went up on the video and what was shown was tasteless, it was atrocious".

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