YouTuber Shane Dawson is apologizing for jokes he made several years ago on the subject of pedophilia.
On Wednesday, the YouTube channel “Pop Blast” posted an edited clip of Dawson from an old podcast with the title “I think Shane Dawson is a pedophile. Here’s my proof.”
In the accusation video, Dawson, who has 11 million subscribers, jokes about babies being “sexy.”
Dawson posted his response later that day, apologizing for the nature of his humour back. He played the full podcast clip in context, making clear his remarks were simply tasteless jokes.
“I went to Google and I didn’t want to see child porn. I just wanted to see, let me pretend I’m a pedophile for a second,” Dawson said in the clip. “So I typed in ‘naked baby’. First of all, I don’t understand why anybody would be turned on by that. But, they were sexy. I’m kidding.”
In his 14-minute response video, Dawson said, “I wanted to play that clip in full—that moment especially in full—just for context because that seems to be missing nowadays. I can’t believe I’m having this make this video.”
“I’m going to start by saying I’m not a f***ing pedophile. I go on record saying I am not a f***ing pedophile. Got it? Great. There’s my statement. It’s disgusting that people are saying I’m a f***ing pedophile because of some s***ty ass f***ing jokes from six years ago on a podcast.”
Dawson then apologized for his old YouTube and podcast work.
“I’m sorry that I used to make really s***ty f***ing jokes. I’m sorry that I was so f***ing insecure and playing this character of this guy who’s crazy and will say anything and tries to make people laugh by shocking them. That was my thing. That is what I did on YouTube,” Dawson said.
“Back in the day, 2008 – 2012-ish, that was my thing. I loved the feeling of making somebody shocked and laugh because they couldn’t believe what was coming out of my mouth. I wasn’t confident enough to make smarter jokes. I was making the easy jokes… I was doing some f***ed up comedy stuff that I’m not proud of.”
The “Pop Blast” channel, which posted the accusation video, has been terminated by YouTube “due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations.”