- Shane Dawson, a popular YouTube star, apologized for saying he sexually assaulted his cat, clarifying it was a false story he told for shock value.
- Dawson originally told the story in a 2015 episode of his podcast “Shane and Friends.”
- Dawson’s detractors also point to his older videos where he joked about pedophilia and wore blackface, both of which he’s apologized for.
- A lot of people who didn’t understand the context of Dawson’s apology thought it was funny.
YouTube star Shane Dawson denied that he sexually assaulted his cat, backtracking on a story he told four years ago.
In a series of tweets Sunday night, Dawson denied what he previously described as his “first sexual experience” on the September 11, 2015 episode of his podcast “Shane and Friends.” He apologized for the remarks, saying he told the false story for shock value.
“One time, I laid my cat down on her back and then moved her little chicken legs spread open,” he said in the podcast. “I came all over the cat.”
“I’ve apologized many times for all the dumb s— I’ve said in videos and podcasts over the years,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s embarrassing and I f—ing hate myself for it.”
Dawson, 30, has been at this game longer than most; he’s been a popular YouTuber since 2008. He started out making comedic sketch videos, but his brand has since evolved. Over the years, he’s built a body of work that includes vlogs, a feature film, podcasts, several acclaimed documentary series, and two books. His primary YouTube account has more than 21 million subscribers.
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Within that body of work, he’s done a lot of things he says he now regrets. Like his story about sexually assaulting his cat. The story recently went viral when his detractors resurfaced it, prompting his apology.
“This is the most disgusting thing any youtuber has done to animals ever,” Onision, another popular YouTuber, said on his channel.
He’s also told stories about pedophilia, which he’s apologized for. And many of his early sketch videos also feature him wearing blackface and using racial slurs.
Dawson apologized for his blackface videos in 2014.
“I made a mistake. I shouldn’t have done that,” she said. “I shouldn’t have worn makeup on my face to make me look black. It was stupid.”
A lot of people just think the whole thing is funny
Since Dawson apologized for the bestiality story on Twitter instead of YouTube, where many found humor in his apology.
To them, it was more funny than anything.
It’s an easy tweet to take out of context.
Dawson is currently at work on a second YouTube documentary series about Jeffree Star, a YouTube star in his own right and cosmetics influencer. He hasn’t yet published a YouTube video addressing the cat-related allegations.