Dawson’s video clip reveals that he pretends to masturbate on the poster of the then-11-year-old Smith.
“To Shane Dawson… I’m done with the excuses,” Willow’s mum, Jada, tweeted. Meanwhile, Willow’s brother, Jaden, also spoke out against YouTuber. “Shane Dawson, I’m disgusted by you. You sexualize an 11-year-old girl that happens to be my sister!!! It’s the furthest thing from funny and not all right at all,” he tweeted.
The day before the Smith family’s remarks, Dawson had made an apology video after being under criticism for having previously used the Blackface and saying the N-word in past videos. The 20-minute video entitled “Taking Accountability” was uploaded on his YouTube page.
“Blackface was something I’ve done a lot. Like, I’ve done a lot on my page. There’s no reason for it. There’s no excuse,” he said. “I made a video about it six years ago, and I gave reasons. Smith knew it was wrong, I knew I never wanted to do it again, but I didn’t do it. I didn’t dig at the past and why it was so wrong, and why people were so angry.
This guy even did Black Face daily,” Jaden Smith tweeted. “As a youth, we need to build followers who value us and our values. This isn’t all that.”
While Dawson said that he would “never talk about a child in any way that is inappropriate,” he did not directly discuss Smith’s clip. “I swear on my life, I am not somebody who would ever talk about a child, like in seriousness, I would never talk about a child in any way that is inappropriate,” he said.
He also said that his divisive jokes were the product of previous childhood abuse: “I took that pain and I turned it into jokes.”