Shane Dawson addresses past YouTube videos after racism accusations

Lawrence Kim
June 30, 2020

Shane noted that, while this isn't the first time he has apologised specifically for blackface, those previous apologies were motivated by "fear". He instead told fans he wants to do better with the videos he creates and open up his platform to be more inclusive.

Of course, the video has now been deleted for several years but a clip was resurfaced following the backlash to Shane's apology video.

Having posted a lengthy Notes app statement regarding his involvement in the 2019 scandal surrounding James Charles, both Dawson and makeup mogul Jeffree Star have come under intense scrutiny from fans - and now, Shane has finally addressed the matter in full. He joined the platform in 2007 and gained fame for his sketches, before transitioning to lifestyle content until eventually settling on documentary-style videos. He asks one man: "Say I wanted to get rid of, I don't know, all the Jews. That is stupid. That is something a child does", Shane admits in the video above. This isn't Dawson's first apology video. "I moved her little chicken legs spread open or whatever". "I made that decision. It's something I did for shock value or because I thought it was amusing". "I hate that person so much", Dawson said of his past self.

Dawson, who has almost 23 million subscribers, rose to fame on the platform about 10 years ago doing comedy sketches, which often included blackface and performing as characters who perpetuated racist stereotypes.

"Blackface was something that I did a lot".

Video: In his apology video, Shane said: "Blackface was something that I did a lot... on my channel". At this point, realizing how many people I've hurt or how many people I've inspired to say bad things or do anything very bad, to finally just own up to all of this and be accountable is worth losing everything to me'.

Another user wrote: "So, along with Shane Dawson being blatantly racist, and a pedophile, we can add anti-Semitic to the list". And it's not a amusing word especially for a white person to say. Me as a white person wearing a wig and playing a character and doing stereotypes and saying the n-word is probably what I should have probably lost my career for, at the time. He seemingly apologized for the awful mistake he did in the past.

In the video, dating back to 2014, the married comedy duo sat down with Shane for a "talking sh*t challenge" video on Steve's channel, which only has 107 subscribers.

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