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    Logan Paul, 23, who was named among the world's highest-paid YouTube stars in 2018, saw a slowdown in views and subscriptions after he had filmed an apparent suicide victim in Japan's notorious "suicide forest".

    American actor and YouTuber Logan Paul is facing a fresh barrage of criticism from supporters and representatives of the LGBT community after voicing his frisky New Year resolutions.

    "We're vegan now, and we're sober. January is sober, vegan January," Logan said of his month-by-month plans for 2019, speaking on his new YouTube podcast series, "Impaulsive".

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    February is going to be "fatal", he went on, referring to a month-long stake-and-vodka marathon. March was set to mark a pretty adventurous exploration of his sexual boundaries.

    "Then March — what is it, male-only March?" Logan asked his co-host, Mike Maljak. "We're gonna attempt to go gay for just one month," he said.

    "For one month. And then swing… go back," Maljak added, with the two bursting into laughter.

    He immediately came under criticism on social media, with users saying that his ambitious plans were a publicity stunt.

    A number of people expressed their outrage, saying that sexuality is a matter of biology rather than choice.

    Logan, who is among the world's most popular YouTubers with nearly 19 million subscribers, "pleaded guilty" and called his comments a "poor" decision, but some voiced doubts about the sincerity of his apology.

    Some people, on the other hand, believe that the public reaction was a little bit over-the-top.

    Logan Paul is no stranger to public controversy — last year, he filmed himself stumbling upon a dead body in the Aokigahara forest, an infamous suicide spot near Mount Fuji.

    Nevertheless, the scandal that followed has not stopped the internet celeb from pocketing a whopping $14.5 million in pre-tax earnings between June 2017 and June 2018, and making it to Forbes' top 10 YouTube stars list.


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