Shane Dawson acquired ownership of his past racist actions in a 20-minute video posted on his YouTube channel on Friday night.
In the video titled “Accepting Responsibility,” Dawson apologized for blackmailing racist videos in his early YouTube career.
“Blackface is something I did a lot on my channel. And there is no excuse for that. There is literally no excuse. I made a video about it six years ago and I made an excuse and it was wrong … but I didn’t do it. “I haven’t really looked at its history and why it’s so wrong and why people were so upset,” Dawson said.
Dawson has reassured his 23 million subscribers that he is now aware of the history surrounding Blackface and acknowledged the damage his videos have done.
“I’m sorry for anyone who saw it, and I also saw people pointing at me and saying, ‘You’re so funny, Shane,'” Dawson said. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to be black, and this white guy is blackfaceing and looking at the whole internet like LL at that time.” “
He apologized for using the n-word while on Blackface.
“I’m sorry that I associated it with the normalization of Blackface or the normalization of the word N,” Dawson said. “It simply came to our notice then. Especially to speak for a white person.
Dodson also addressed past jokes about pedophilia, saying he would “never speak inappropriately about a child.”
Towards the end of the video, Dawson stated that he was willing to “lose everything” to be held accountable for his actions.
“I’m willing to lose everything,” Dawson said. “Right now, I realize how many people I’ve hurt or how many people I’ve inspired to say something horrible or do something horrible, in the end it’s just worth losing to me to get ownership of all this and be held accountable.”
In addition, Dawson called YouTuber James Charles on Twitter and apologized for the makeup, saying he “deserves a humble pie the size of the Empire State Building.”
“I’m sorry James, I’m sorry. No one deserves what happened. No one is,” Dawson said. “The whole internet is involved with someone, no one deserves it. And who am I to say that someone needs to be humble? Me, who am I to say that? I’ve literally hated the internet so much in the YouTube world for my 15 years. “
It was in response to rumors surrounding the promotion of the mastermind of last year’s drama surrounding Church and fellow warlord Tati Westbrook. In the video, Dawson denies the allegations.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Jaden Smith both called on Twitter after Dobson posted an apology. A past video of Dawson where he pretended to masturbate on a poster of Willow Smith encouraged tweets from his family members on Twitter.
Longtime YouTube star Jenna Marbles, who finally decided to leave the platform after deleting racist videos from her past, Dawson’s video sparked a similar apology.
Watch the full video below.