Shane Dawson Apologises For Doing Blackface, Says He's "Willing To Lose Everything"

Carla Harmon
June 30, 2020

Shane Dawson, YouTube YouTuber Shane Dawson boasts a divisive history on the platform, as seen in his past depictions of stereotypes concerning people of color.

Jaden also released a tweet in which he said he was "disgusted" by Shane Dawson.

On Friday Dawson apologised for his past content in another video, in which he used blackface, in a new post titled Taking Accountability. He went on to criticize Dawson's use of blackface makeup. He said that while these have always been deleted or hidden, he can't escape this past. "I did it a lot on my channel". I knew it was wrong, I knew I never wanted to do it again, but I didn't do the work.

"I'm going to start with all the racism I put onto the internet as an adult, not a child". At this point, realizing how many people I've hurt or how many people I've inspired to say very bad things or do anything terrible, to finally just own up to all of this and be accountable is worth losing everything to me'. "I made that decision".

"It is something I did for shock value or because I thought it was amusing or, like 'Oh my god, my child molester character, ' or whatever". "There's no excuse for it".

Dawson made no such promise in his own video, posted a day later, though he repeatedly stated throughout that he understands if his career is now over.

"I'm literally just here to have a good time, and I don't think I'm having a good time. I made a video six years ago talking about it and I gave excuses and it was wrong", Dawson said.

Shane also mentioned his recent comments about James Charles, saying he regrets claiming that the beauty YouTuber needs to eat "humble pie".

He said: 'I'm willing to lose everything. "I'm sorry, James. I'm really sorry. The whole internet ganging up on someone... nobody deserves that". Who am I to say that? "Now years later, I look back at that - when I say I hate that person, I mean it in the most intense way possible".

The reckoning of white people in positions of power who have behaved in ways that undermine, discriminate against, and/or terrorise Black and other people of colour is well underway in the United States, spanning from Man Repeller's Leandra Medine all the way to top dogs at the New York Times and Condé Nast. For someone like Shane - who's success lives or dies by his subscriber count - the ramifications are less clear.

Per Us Weekly, the video in question featured Dawson, 31, pretending to pleasure himself to a poster of Williow, who was only 11 at the time.

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