Jada Pinkett & Jaden Smith Slam Shane Dawson For ‘Disgusting’ Clip Sexualizing 11.y.o Willow
If you remember Shane Dawson from the 2000s, you remember him doing a looooooot of weird s***.
As one of the first few Youtubers to rise to fame on the platform (alongside Ryan Higa, Tyler Oakley, PewDiePie), he now has over 23 million subscribers (to put this into perspective, BLACKPINK – the powerhouse Kpop girl group – has 4 members and 39.3M subscribers). His early work was mainly sketched comedies, impersonations and satirical content revolving around pop culture at the time. Shane would get into different characters, most of them often drug abusers, alcoholics and based off of cultural stereotypes. These included “ghetto girl” Shanaynay, Ned the Nerd, gangster S-Deezy, Barb the Lesbian and Guadalupe/Fruit Lupe (a Mexican with their stereotyped accent). He also went on to do a 140 episode podcase called “Shane and Friends” from 2013 all the way up until 2017. And now, it seems like his controversial past is catching up to him.
Following YouTube legend Jenna Marbles’ unprompted decision to leave Youtube after her own past racist behaviours (she basically cancelled herself ya’ll), YouTuber Shane Dawson has also followed suit with an apology video for his past. In the video, which Dawson says Jenna Marbles “inspired”, he addresses allegations of racism, blackface and paedophilia. Amongst this, a video of Shane appearing to pleasure himself to a poster of Willow Smith has resurfaced. The disturbing 8-second clip features a Disney poster of Willow Smith, and while he appears to masturbate, he references her hit song “Whip My Hair” while moaning. He mother and brother have noticed the video and have slammed the now 31-year-old Youtuber. Jada tweeted…
To Shane Dawson … I’m done with the excuses.
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) June 27, 2020
Meanwhile, older brother Jaden says he is “disgusted” by Dawson’s behaviour and condemns it as being “the furthest thing from funny and not okay in the slightest bit”.
SHANE DAWSON I AM DISGUSTED BY YOU. YOU SEXUALIZING AN 11 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO HAPPENS TO BE MY SISTER!!!!!! IS THE FURTHEST THING FROM FUNNY AND NOT OKAY IN THE SLIGHTEST BIT.
— Jaden (@jaden) June 27, 2020
And while he does address past allegations in his new 20-minute apology video titled, “Taking Accountability”, it is focused on his use of blackface and the N-word, as well as his impersonations of POC. Dawson would often paint his face black to act as Black celebrities like Chris Brown and Wendy Williams. In his apology, he says,
Blackface was something that I did a lot on my channel. And there’s no excuse for it. There’s literally no excuse. I made a video six years ago talking about it and I gave excuses and it was wrong… But I didn’t do the work. I didn’t actually look into the history of it and why it’s so wrong and why people were so upset.”
This is in reference to his apology from 2014, which also came in video form uploaded onto Youtube and was titled “My Apology (Blackface & Offensive Videos).” According to him, his 2014 video came from a place of ignorance as he still didn’t understand the implications of playing these stereotypical, racist portrayals of characters. In his apology, he regrets not only the fact that people saw the video, but they saw the accompanying comments that elevated him and the content he made, despite his use of racial profiling.
I am so sorry to anybody that saw that and also saw that people were lifting me up and saying, ‘You’re so funny, Shane,’. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be Black and see this white f****** guy doing blackface and the whole Internet at that time being like, ‘LOL.'”
And while the Californian-born content creator did apologize for his past “inappropriate” comments about children, he has not responded to either Jada Pickett Smith or Jaden Smith. Allegations that he was paedophilic have come up time and time again, especially after Dawson joked about it on an episode of his podcast in 2018. In the episode, Dawson tells his co-host (Lauren Schnipper) that he met a six-year-old fan that he found “sexy”. At the time, Dawson had joked:
“Having sex with children or touching children is terrible and you should not do it. But. Here’s my thing: people have foot fetishes. People have fetishes about everything. I went to Google and I didn’t want to see child porn. I just wanted to see, let me pretend I’m a paedophile for a second. So I typed in ‘naked baby’. First of all, I don’t understand why anybody would be turned on by that. But, they were sexy. I’m kidding.”
He apologised a short while after, upon hearing the backlash that his joke created. He posted a video (‘Regarding the rumors about me today’) stating, “I, Shane Yaw (my real name), go on record saying, I am not a f****** paedophile.”
In his latest apology, he makes references to these older apology videos, saying that they “suck” and were insufficient. He specifically talks about his past pedophilic jokes in this new video saying,
That is disgusting, that is gross, it is not something I would ever do. It is something I did for shock value or because I thought it was funny or, like ‘Oh my God, my child-molester character,’ or whatever. It’s all gross, and I promise that is not real, that is not me.”
Not only that, Dawson speficially name drops James Charles, as he apologises to him for calling him out on Twitter once and saying the makeup mogul “deserved a slice of humble pie the size of the Empire State Building.” In his apology, he says,
I’m sorry James, I’m really sorry. Nobody deserves what happened. Nobody. “The whole internet ganging up on somebody, nobody deserves that. And who am I to say that somebody needs to be humbled? Me, who am I to say that? I have literally put so much hate onto the internet over my 15 years in the YouTube world.”
This was in response to claims by Beauty Influencer, Kameron Lester, who implied that Dawson (and Jeffree Star) were the masterminds behind the Tati Westbrook – James Charles blow out that shook the beauty community.
He also noted that his (twisted) humour came from dealing with pain throughout his rough childhood. However, towards the end of the video, Dawson (who is now worth an estimated USD$12 million) states that he is willing to “lose everything” in order to be held accountable for his actions.
At this point, realizing how many people I’ve hurt or how many people I’ve inspired to say awful things or do anything awful, to finally just own up to all of this and be accountable is worth losing everything to me.”