Disclaimer: This article contains mentions of pedophilia. Please proceed at your own discretion.
Shane Dawson is an extremely popular YouTuber. He has nearly 22 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, and more than 11 million followers on Instagram. Recently, he has been receiving major backlash for old content that has surfaced, including racist videos and jokes about pedophilia. One of the resurfaced videos concern singer-songwriter Willow Smith.
Willow Smith’s mother Jada Smith, and her brother Jaden Smith have spoken up about the video.
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WHAT DID JADA AND JADEN SMITH SAY ABOUT SHANE DAWSON?
A resurfaced video shows Shane Dawson sexualizing an 11-year-old Willow, where he pretends to masturbate to Willow’s poster.
In the video, he says “whip your hair back and forth,” referring to Willow’s song, “Whip My Hair.”
If you want to see the video, you can see it here. (Trigger Warning: pedophilia, please proceed at your own discretion)
Jada Pinkett Smith and Jaden Smith took to Twitter to condemn Shane’s actions.
Jada tweeted –
“To Shane Dawson … I’m done with the excuses.”
To Shane Dawson … I’m done with the excuses.
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) June 27, 2020
Jaden’s response was more strong-worded.
“SHANE DAWSON I AM DISGUSTED BY YOU. YOU SEXUALIZING AN 11 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO HAPPENS TO BE MY SISTER!!!!!! IS THE FURTHEST THING FROM FUNNY AND NOT OKAY IN THE SLIGHTEST BIT.”
SHANE DAWSON I AM DISGUSTED BY YOU. YOU SEXUALIZING AN 11 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO HAPPENS TO BE MY SISTER!!!!!! IS THE FURTHEST THING FROM FUNNY AND NOT OKAY IN THE SLIGHTEST BIT.
— Jaden (@jaden) June 27, 2020
Jada and Jaden’s tweets came a day after Shane released a YouTube video apologizing for his past actions. In the video titled “Taking Accountability,” he addressed his inappropriate behavior, including instances of him doing blackface, as well as making jokes about pedophilia.
” [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 untagging my Instagram, literally doing whatever I can to pretend those things didn’t happen.”
“I would never talk about a child in any way that was inappropriate. That is disgusting, that is gross, that is something I did for shock value. I promise that is not me.”
He also stated that experiencing trauma during childhood led to his behavior.
“I’ve had a lot of pain, I’ve had a lot of issues with my family. I took that pain, and I turned it into jokes. Instead of joking about them, I should’ve gone to therapy.”