YouTuber Shane Dawson is defending himself against accusations of pedophilia after clips from a years-old podcast resurfaced and made the rounds on Twitter.
In a new video posted to his channel, he insists that the clips were taken out of context and edited. He also plays the podcast segment in question before apologizing for "jokes" that he now believes were inappropriate.
"I'm going to apologize first. I am sorry that I used to make really shitty fucking jokes. That was my thing.. Back in the day... that was my thing. I loved the feeling of making somebody shocked and laugh because they couldn't believe what was coming out of my mouth. I wasn't confident enough to make smarter jokes... I was doing shit that was racially insensitive. I was doing shit that was homophobic. I was doing shit that could be considered fat-shaming. I was doing some fucked up like, comedy stuff that I'm not proud of. I have changed so much as a person, and as a creative, and a director and a writer and stuff... Listening to that clip just now, I didn't laugh. I didn't think it was funny," Dawson said.
Shane Dawson: "That little kid, I don't know if I want to say this... She's like, sexy. Here's my justification for pedophilia! People have foot fetishes, fetishes about EVERYTHING!"— Laughing Archives (@Drgnkiller) January 10, 2018
"I'm kidding" "having sex with or touching kids is disgusting" - Shane Dawson in the same podcast that is being targeted— hey mom say who want lasagna (@ifeelsoattacked) January 10, 2018
former jackass. that was years ago and i’ve worked my ass off to change my life, my content, and what i’m putting out into the world ❤️— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) January 11, 2018
I grew up. I changed my content. I apologized countless times for my shitty offensive jokes. instead of dragging me down people should use me as an example of a creator who can CHANGE and better themselves and their content. i’m so proud of who i am today.— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) January 10, 2018
What do you think about this?
Shane Dawson’s comments are repulsive. I don’t care if it’s taken out of context, or a joke, or whatever other bullshit excuse he wants to use. Pedophilia is never a joke. Hearing someone talk about it so casually makes me sick to my stomach— Tide Pod🥢 (@yoyolandaluna) January 10, 2018
y’all idk if you know this but Shane Dawson literally went through a very traumatic childhood. I’m not defending him but just know he went through abuse as a child and in his videos he says that he’s disgusted by child molesters. my lord know your stuff before you go bashing him— CHECK & RT PINNED PLS 💓 (@besidedalton) January 10, 2018