The strikes got here as a part of the aftermath of a video Dawson posted on Friday titled “Taking Accountability.” All through its greater than 20-minute runtime, he apologizes for a profession of offensive content material, together with however not restricted to sporting blackface, utilizing racial slurs, insulting folks residing with disabilities, joking about pedophilia and talking hypothetically about murdering a girl.
“I ought to lose the whole lot,” he mentioned within the video. “I’ve put a lot hate on the Web.”
Dawson turned one of many platform’s unique — and hottest — stars after becoming a member of YouTube in 2008. He has lengthy been a divisive determine, recognized for comedy he likened to that of radio shock jocks.
In line with YouTube, the suspension of Dawson’s skill to incorporate advertisements on his channels is indefinite and got here after a evaluate of his on- and off-platform actions.
A spokesperson for Goal mentioned, “We’re dedicated to creating an expertise wherein all company really feel welcomed and revered. We’re within the technique of eradicating these books from our assortment.” When requested why the choice got here now, regardless that a lot of Dawson’s content material has been publicly out there for years, the spokesperson refused to remark.
Westbrook’s video, in the meantime, centered on a particular collection of dramatic incidents that occurred in YouTube final yr involving herself, Dawson, Star and YouTuber James Charles.
Charles and Westbrook, two stars of the YouTube magnificence and make-up group, had lengthy been associates, with Charles referring to her as “like a mom.” Then, in Could 2019, Westbrook launched a 43-minute video wherein she accused him of utilizing his fame to “manipulate somebody’s sexuality,” referring to straight males. Charles vehemently denied this cost in a video of his personal and, for some time, the 2 continued releasing movies about one another, centered on their fraying friendship.
The commonly accepted narrative concerned Charles selling a competitor of Westbrook’s. As Vox reported on the time, “Charles, 19, shilled for a magnificence complement model, SugarBear, that additionally occurs to be Westbrook’s prime competitor. Westbrook, 37, took main offense …”
However in Tuesday’s tearful video, Westbrook apologized to Charles and mentioned, “I didn’t make my video due to nutritional vitamins. I made it on account of the entire toxic lies that had been fed to me by Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star.”
In a since-deleted Instagram reside video posted Tuesday, Dawson denied Westbrook’s claims. Dawson has not but responded to a request for remark. It doesn’t seem that Star has responded, and The Publish has reached out for remark.
All of this comes amid one thing of a counting on YouTube, which started final week with Jenna Marbles apologizing for making racist jokes up to now and saying that she was quitting her channel. Her video ostensibly impressed Dawson to create his personal apology, although the final 4 days haven’t gone nicely for him. The backlash he — and his good friend Star — have acquired has been termed “Karmageddon” by some customers.
It started instantly when a clip resurfaced wherein he pretends to masturbate whereas taking a look at a poster of an 11-year-old pop singer Willow Smith, prompting her mom Jada Pinkett Smith and brother Jaden Smith to publicly criticize Dawson.