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The Shane Dawson cat controversy has resulted in these sex memes
Some of these are disturbing.
A Twitter user posted audio last Sunday from a 2015 Dawson podcast where the popular YouTuber (21.2 million subscribers) joked about bestiality. As Dawson said in the clip, “One time I laid my cat down on her back and I moved her little chicken legs spread or whatever. And I was like if I just hump on her tummy, that’s not weird. And then I humped and I humped and I humped and I kept going and I kept going and I came all over the cat. I was like my first sexual experience, and I was 19.”
Dawson defended himself on Sunday night and said, “I didn’t fuck my cat. I didn’t cum on my cat. I didn’t put my dick anywhere near my cat. I’ve never done anything weird with my cats.” Still, many people online were angry with the Daily Dot’s 2018 YouTuber of the Year (and had no problem remembering old racist videos from him as well), and Twitter has had fun at Dawson’s expense.
And popular influencers like Keemstar continue to post newly discovered old videos that touch on pedophilia, racism, and bestiality.
OOOOOOOO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO , i cant keep ignoring these clips ,,,, pic.twitter.com/in1qBRqlJc
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) March 20, 2019
if you can find an excuse for this i dont want you following me or anyone under 18 pic.twitter.com/eKz2yguHoK
— venmo: ehjovan ➐ (@jovanforever) March 18, 2019
Plus, there are the memes.
Shane Dawson’s cat leaving his funeral after getting sentenced to death via electric chair pic.twitter.com/1R2NwPRIgG
— latrell (@gunshawt) March 18, 2019
shane dawson's cat tomorrow on good morning america pic.twitter.com/umcHl1mQob
— olivia (@italiancoasts) March 18, 2019
— Whats._.the._.password_ (@headassaryy) March 19, 2019
shane dawson’s cat on twitter rn: pic.twitter.com/Ag8xpKyO3P
— courtnee (@cococymone) March 18, 2019
chuck e. cheese seeing shane dawson trending after he exposed him pic.twitter.com/ZAUXHKosbQ
— sun knee ☀️ (@troII591) March 18, 2019
Found this not so funny meme but thought you would want to see it anyway
Love u tho 💜 pic.twitter.com/gDUgN7nfrL
— Daniel (@Daniel68941531) March 20, 2019
the cat knowing he’s free now pic.twitter.com/8GKCpc7uGJ
— Luca From Finance (@lucahasproblems) March 20, 2019
Despite getting a gun pulled on him during a live stream, podcast host Adam22 also had made a Dawson/cat joke in the aftermath.
If I got shot tonight my dying words would have been something about how Shane Dawson didn’t jizz on a cat
— adam22 (@adam22) March 18, 2019
Dawson, though, has moved forward in his life. On Tuesday night, he announced that he was engaged to Ryland Adams, his longtime boyfriend. Though Dawson lost about 4,400 YouTube subscribers in a three-hour span after that podcast audio surfaced on Sunday, his channel has since stabilized.
According to YouTube analytics site Social Blade, Dawson gained about 6,500 new subscribers on Tuesday, less than half of what he normally gets on a daily basis but much improved from losing a total about 1,400 subscribers on Monday. As of this writing, he had already gained more than 5,000 new subscribers on Wednesday.
Even though people are making fun of Dawson and his old jokes, his YouTube career, after a minor speed bump, continues to move forward despite the blowback.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.