Humor is subjective to the recipient of the joke, sight gag, limerick, video, or Tweet. We all know that. In a true extrapolation of "one person's garbage", one person's absolute disgust is another person's gutbuster.
Again, we know that.
Some humor takes intelligence to understand the hyperbole, sarcasm, or punchline. Some just requires that you breathe, so common is the theme being used that there is no escaping the universal truth. Some humor is mean and thoughtless, specifically targeted to emotionally injure. Some is carefree, exaggerated so greatly that one cannot help but guffaw.
But then, some is completely tone deaf, intentionally vile, and dangerous. There is no punchline, other than the punch felt in the gut as a decent person is overcome with revulsion, fear, and disbelief.
Yesterday we saw a preponderance of the latter.
For a great many people, January 2, 2018 was a day of education. A day when a self serving, exploitative, surfer haired YouTube "star" gained a far larger audience than the immature flock he typically shepherds. And like PewDiePie before him, who found out that mocking Jewish people is distasteful to more than just Jewish people, Logan Paul is now joining him in the landfill of garbage humans who overplayed their "celebrity" and are now outcasts, not only to their former sponsors, but to society as a whole.
Logan Paul and his band of fellow fuckbois geniuses were in Japan and intent on doing a video about Aokigahara forest his channel. As so many learned yesterday, Aokigahara, the Sea of Trees, is not just a forest so thick that warnings are everywhere to not step from the paths. Aokigahara also holds the distinction of being the #2 place in the world for suicides, outnumbered only by The Golden Gate Bridge.
Hundreds and hundreds of human beings have taken their intentional last steps into the forest to end their lives. So many that there are volunteer brigades who routinely search the forest to retrieve the bodies and offer them what last kindness may be offered to the dead.
This is a somber place. A sad place. A place filled with the memories (and if one believes, the spirits) of the despondent, the confused, the bereft, the broken hearted, the shamed, and those whose mental illness enveloped them.
Aokigahara is beautiful, with many visiting to hike, but humans beings are human beings, and for some the lure of visiting a mass and open graveyard is the draw. From Atlas Obscura: Locals say they can easily spot the three types of visitors to the forest: trekkers interested in scenic vistas of Mount Fuji, the curious hoping for a glimpse of the macabre, and those souls who don’t plan on leaving.
Logan Paul and his band of merry asshats were firmly in that middle category, planning to camp (which is against the law) and see if the forest is really haunted.
No respect. No understanding of the human pathos contained within - Paul was simply out for more clickbait chum to throw his spongebrained followers. This is how he entered:
Yes, he is exactly as smart as that hat and vacuous expression make him look.
As they explored, taping all the way, they came across the hanging body of someone who had taken their own life. And they kept rolling. And laughing. And rolling.
Now, we all understand laughing as a human form of coping - laughter and crying are so closely joined that if you tape someone laughing, then tape them crying, and remove the sound, it is hard to tell which is which. So I can excuse nervous laughter from this cadre of intellectually famined douchebags. And it is not like he was making history by sharing what he found in Aokigahara. Google it and hundreds of equally disrespectful people have uploaded their own pictures of corpses. But that is where my cutting-of-some-slack ends.
Paul then edited his video, slapped a clickbait title on it - "We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” - uploaded it, and monetized the shit out of it, just knowing his mASSES of followers would eat it up. Much like the maggots that gorge themselves on the corpses in Aokigahara, his fans gorge themselves on the trite, the inane, the asshatted, and the awful.
And Logan Paul was right - gorge they did. But what he did not bargain for was society at large having a far different reaction than his decay hungry, maggoty followers.
Logan Paul found his ass being eaten from every different direction - something I am sure he would vlog the shit out if it that line were literal. Calling him out for the disrespect in displaying a dead human being, the casual way in which he treated suicide, the popping open of a sake bottle because he didn't want "'to be sober for this shit', and most of all, how he monetized the death of a stranger.
(Like Twitter, and its leaders' love for ad revenue and exposure over responsibility, YouTube allowed the video to be viewed 6.3 million times before even chiming in. Ultimately it was Paul, not YouTube, that pulled the video. Again, revenue over responsibility.)
Of course, he did what these morally bankrupt, convinced-of-their-own-awesomeness meatheads do - he took to his vlog and uploaded a teary, you-don't-understand-me-I-am-human-too-and-make-mistakes whinefest. Basically it's OUR fault for not understanding HIM.
Fuck you, Logan Paul. And fuck your immature supporters who continue to stick up for what you did. Suicide is not funny. Period. End of story because it is not just the end of life. It is only the beginning of the suffering of loved ones, the search for answers, the self recriminations, the never ending heartbreak of those who did not know how badly someone was suffering inside.
My own child came perilously close, so confused, despondent, lost in his own blackhole of emotions after a classmate and friend killed herself. I know the terror of the close call. I still wake up at night in a cold sweat with the what-could-have-happeneds. I have seen the ceaseless pain endured by the parents of a young man who took his own life. To sit with them is to see people awake yet walking through a never ending nightmare.
Again, suicide is not funny. Suicide is the tragic answer to someone who is so lost in questions, feelings, dead ends, and hopelessness that they see it as the only way out of the emotional quagmire that envelops them. Aokigahara is not an amusement park or haunted house. And Logan, you deserve every loss of revenue, every dropped subscriber, every moment you must now finally grasp that your "celebrity" was never a real thing. Like the Kardashians, you, too, have been "famous" for doing nothing but feeding the rabble. And you will soon see how the rabble quickly moves on to the next shiny object with stupid hair and a penchant for douchebaggery. MTV's Jackass, who?
But wait! Not to be out trended by some lameass YouTube grifter, Dotard Trump stepped up to the plate to try to swing an attention whorey homerun where Logan Paul had only found his way to third debase.
Yes, that's right - the Mean Girl In Chief tweeted out a dick measuring contest, goading the equally unstable, equally immature leader of North Korea. Two temper tantrum throwing toddlers who actually do have the power to end the world, and the one who is supposed to lead this country thinks it's funny.
IT'S NOT FUCKING FUNNY.
We know Trump is not, nor will he ever be, a statesman. He is an emotionally stunted, grudgey, immature, out of his depth (which would be puddle) reality TV host who managed to convince 60 million emotionally stunted, grudgey, immature, out of their depth, reality TV addicts to vote for him. He is not a smart man, and has no desire to learn. He is not a cultured man and has no appreciation for others' cultures. He is not a man who understands governance and has no use for it anyway. And he is not a man who has any business near any buttons unless they are on a toy labeled Fisher Price.
Yet there he sits at the Resolute desk, daily desecrating the honor of the office, the standing of this country, and playing chicken with the lives of its citizens.
And as of the time of that screenshot, over 340,000 equally dim sycophants LOVED HIS TWEET because they are too stupid to know how stupid he, and they, are.
They do not understand nuclear power, destruction, or fallout. They have zero grasp of jetstreams, weather patterns, how a bomb dropped over there reaches back over here. They just understand grabbing their dicks and aggression, so of course, they continue to embrace a man who cannot even find, let alone grab, his own dick.
The majority of people in this country, however, DO understand. We understand the danger, the politics, the science, and the very real threat to our existence. And sitting out here waiting for his KFC bucket of a heart to finally explode in his chest, is not going to save us. We have a GOP lead legislature content to let him Tweet us into oblivion as long as they stay in power and their pockets get fuller. It is as unconscionable as it is a complete abdication of oath and responsibility to the United States citizenry.
And it's NOT fucking funny. Hillary truly did warn us when she said, "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."
Yet, not to be outdone by his own dick button Tweet, the orangutan ass with hair also Tweeted out this gem:
Jesus H Christ on a pogo stick - are you fucking kidding me?
This knuckle dragging cockmuppet still thinks he is in a reality TV show. This ferret haired ballsac is supposed to represent us to the world? We are so fucked.
President Obama's steady hand, intellect, and maturity seem lifetimes ago. Honestly, I don't care if you hated his policies, his dad jeans, his cadence, that he was so obviously smarter than you. At this point, I don't even care if the only reason you hated him is because you are a morally bankrupt, mouthbreathing, sheet wearing racist - you have to admit he was AN ADULT. You have to acknowledge that you did not go to sleep wondering what fresh hell this country would awaken to each day. You have to finally grasp that Trump is a cartoon character, a Bizarro world, shitsmeared, orange hued, violence loving Shreik Shrek, a THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY. And that means YOU, too, not just the libtards you love to make frog memes about. It means YOU, YOUR SPOUSE, YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR FRIENDS.
If any button gets pushed, the fallout won't just land on libruls or Democraps, as you like to call us. Just as the tax reform law will ultimately drop a house on your Wicked Witch ass, a nuclear battle of twits will rain down upon you, too.
Robert Mueller is coming for your hero. The only question is, will he get here in time, or will we all begin to consider the heartbreaking tomb of Aokigahara as the better option to nuclear winter and agonizing drawn out death?
This truly is no laughing matter anymore.