A breakdown of the Shane Dawson drama

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We’ve got the receipts too.

You’ve probably seen by now that Shane Dawson is drowning in drama, intense drama. 

The popular YouTube star, who has 22.5 million subscribers, has had his fair share of scandals over his last 12 years of fame. But it seems fans have had enough and are exposing him for every wrongdoing he’s ever done – and let me tell you, there’s quite a lot. 

He’s since posted an apology video addressing some of the allegations and saying that he deserves to “lose everything” for what he has done. Yet, it seems there were too many allegations to address in one video. So, we’re here to break them down for you.

Allegations of racism

Along with other YouTubers, such as Jenna Marbles who has recently quit the platform, Dawson has posted several videos in Blackface. He used make-up to portray himself as people such as Wendy Williams and Chris Brown. 

He addresses the Blackface in his apology video saying: “Blackface was something that I did a lot. Like, I did it a lot on my channel. There’s no excuse for it, there’s literally no excuse.” 

However, Black people are not the only race he portrayed. He created videos playing stereotypes of pretty much every race, content which is harmful for his young audience to watch. 

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The sexualisation of minors

Potentially the most disturbing thing to have been uncovered; it seems that Dawson regularly references paedophilia and sexualises minors. 

He has made jokes about paedophilia in his podcast, Shane and Friends, and also tweeted about his 12-year-old cousin performing a sexually suggestive act in his vlogs. 

However, more recently, a video has resurfaced of him pretending to sexually please himself to a photo of Willow Smith on a Disney poster, who at the time was only 11 years old. 

Many fans are understandably disgusted by the video, but nobody more so than her own family. Both Jaden and Jada Pinkett Smith spoke out against Shane on Twitter. 

Dawson is yet to address this specific clip, but Jaden Smith also addressed the Blackface videos in another tweet.


Despite recently leaving the beauty community, after tweeting a four-page Twitter statement about hating the drama, it seems that drama will continue to follow him wherever he goes. 

In his statement he referred to beauty gurus as “attention seeking, game playing, egocentric, narcissistic, vengeful, two-faced, ticking time bombs”. He also personally addresses James Charles, calling him “egocentric” and “power hungry”, and referred to the James v Tati scandal from last year.

It has long been speculated that Dawson, alongside long-time friend Jeffree Star, played a huge role in the backlash against James which caused him to lose millions of subscribers (which he has since regained, and some). 

He did address this in his apology video saying: “The part of the Twitter note that I regret more than anything in my entire life, was the part where I said that James deserved a slice of humble pie the size of the Empire State Building” 

Giving a personal apology to James he continued: “I’m sorry, James. First of all, nobody deserves what happened. The whole internet ganging up on somebody, nobody deserved that. Who am I 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 last 15 years.”

Joked about bestiality 

In 2015 on an episode of his podcast, he made a joke about abusing his cat. Gross, I know. 

He later clarified in a tweet: “I didn’t f**k my cat. I didn’t c*m on my cat. I didn’t put my d**k anywhere near my cat. I’ve never done anything weird to my cats.”

Last year he eventually tweeted an apology for the incident.

Mocking Rihanna’s abuse 

Tweets have been uncovered from 2009 where Dawson suggested that Rihanna should be abused again if she chose to take her ex, Chirs Brown, back. 

Some people, however, are suggesting that this tweet could be fake. But this isn’t the first time Dawson has made light of Rihanna’s abuse. He previously filmed a sketch of a parody of The Maury Show. He hired an actress as a character for the show who said that she had named her “p**sy” after Rihanna “because she loves to get beat up”. 

This behaviour hasn’t just been noticed by fans. Brands are starting to cut ties with Dawson, meaning he’ll lose out of mega-buck deals. Target have removed his books from their shelves, confirming this in a statement to insider saying: 

“We’re committed to creating and experience in which all guests feel welcomed and respected. We’re in the process of removing these books from our assortment.” 

Now people are calling out brands such as Morphe to also cut ties. Morphe stock Dawson and Star’s Conspiracy make-up collection which has raked in huge sums of money for the pair. 

Whilst Dawson’s apology shows that he’s clearly recognised his wrong-doings, people are still not happy about it. Fans feel he still isn’t taking accountability for his actions. 

Hundreds of thousands of people have unfollowed and unsubscribed from Dawson, and it may still continue to drop until fans get an apology or explanation that they’re happy with. 

Not all celebrities have drama going on right now. Beyoncé just created a list of Black owned business we should all be buying from and TikTok fashion gurus are saving our wardrobes with their style tips.

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