YouTuber Shane Dawson addresses past racist skits, pedophilia jokes

Brenda Watkins
June 30, 2020

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The Smith family has a message for Shane Dawson: They're fed up.

Shane Dawson weathered intense criticism last Saturday (June 27) after Jaden Smith condemned the YouTuber over a crude video involving Jaden's then 11-year-old sister, Willow. Shane had this epiphany after watching fellow YouTuber Jenna Marbles' apology video for "blackface" and an "awful" rap that mocked Asian people, uploaded a day prior, so he too made a decision to "start with all of the racism that [he] put on to the internet as an adult".

In the video, Dawson moans, "Oh, whip your hair back and forth", in reference to Willow Smith's 2010 hit song. Willow Smith would've been 11.

In addition, Jaden reacted: "SHANE DAWSON I AM DISGUSTED BY YOU".

Following Dawson's statement, which compared the beauty industry to a "circus", users began to unearth his old bits and photos in which he played racial stereotypes, used blackface, or joked about paedophilia.

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The sibling's mother, 48-year-old actor Jada Pinkett-Smith, also responded to the video. "This Man Was Also Doing Black Face On The Regular. This Is Not Okay".

"I have done a lot of things in my past that I hate, that I wish I could make go away, that I tried to make go away by deleting videos, or un-tagging my Instagram, literally doing whatever I can to pretend those things didn't happen", Shane said.

"I made a video six years ago talking about it and I gave excuses, I knew it was wrong, I knew I never wanted to do it again, 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'. "I have put so much hate on the Internet", he continued, in an attempt tamper earlier brewing controversies, stoked by the Black Lives Matter movement which has invigorated a sweeping reckoning of various figures histories.

Shane Dawson's video about Willow Smith has resurfaced on the internet which sees inappropriate behaviour from the YouTuber.

"I'm so sorry to anybody who saw that and that also saw that people were lifting me up and were saying 'You're so amusing, Shane, oh my god you're so amusing", Dawson said.

"Every apology video I have ever made has been from fear. "Jokes" about Hitler, Jews, and the Holocaust will NEVER be amusing, and it's things like this that normalized all the bullying that so many, including me, were a victim of". "It's all gross, and I promise that is not real, that is not me", he adds.

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