YouTube star Shane Dawson apologises for repulsive jokes about paedophilia

YouTube star Shane Dawson has apologised for “repulsive” comments he made about paedophilia which have resurfaced online. 

The American vlogger, who has more than 11 million subscribers, has faced an online backlash after joking about a “justification for paedophilia” and searching “naked baby” on Google in an episode of his Shane And Friends podcast from 2012.

He issued an apology video, which quickly became YouTube’s top trending video with more than three million hits, after an edited version of the segment began circulating online.

“I cannot believe I am having to make this video, I cannot believe this is happening,” he says at the start of the video titled “Regarding the rumours about me today”. 

“I’m going to start by saying I’m not a f——g paedophile. I want to go on record saying I’m not a f——g paedophile. Got it? Great.” 

“I can’t believe I even have to say that,”  he added on Twitter. “It literally feels like I’m in a nightmare.” 

The 29-year-old added that all the jokes in the clip had been “taken out of context and has all the punchlines removed”. 

In the podcast, Dawson recounts an encounter with a young girl with more than 100,000 Instagram followers. 

“She shows me her Instagrams which are like – first of all – I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this but, like, she’s, like sexy,” he tells his shocked co-host. 

“Let me say, having sex with children, or touching children, or anything of that nature is terrible, and you should not do it,” he adds. 

He then makes jokes about searching “naked baby” on Google, adding: “I don’t understand why anybody would be turned on by that.” 

In his apology video, Dawson denied actually performing the search, saying he was simply telling a joke. 

His comments provoked a strong reaction on social media, with one commentator calling them “repulsive”. 

“I don’t care if it’s taken out of context, or a joke, or whatever other b——t excuse he wants to use. Paedophilia is never a joke. Hearing someone talk about it so casually makes me sick to my stomach,” wrote @yoyolandaluna. 

Another wrote: “Shane jokes a lot with dark humour, which can easily be taken the wrong way by people, but there are some things that he has said … that can be questionable in regards to children.” 

“Some of the things he has said are disgusting and have definitely crossed a line,” commented @bethfletcher00.

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Many of his fans defended the comments however, one wrote: “This is absolutely ridiculous and I doubt anyone actually believes it.” 

The YouTuber also admitted making racially insensitive, homophobic and fat-shaming jokes earlier in his career, but says he is “not proud” of it and has now “changed so much as a person and as a creative”. 

“I grew up. I changed my content,” he said. “I apologised countless times for my s—-y 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.” 

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