When we last left YouTube star Shane Dawson, he was being called out by fellow YouTuber Franchesca Ramsey for doing blackface in past YouTube videos and suffering no repercussions from the community. Dawson apologized—but not before he got a few condescending jabs in at critics.
Some YouTubers, in the wake of controversy, retreat from social media and reexamine their life choices. Dawson is not one of them.
Last night, Dawson shared his opinions on ABC’s prime-time lineup.
The tweets quickly disappeared, but he left this poor-me tweet up, so his fans could still enjoy his “opinions” off Twitter.
I'm done sharing my opinions on here. if u want to hear them they will be on my podcast http://t.co/8wyQdCLJKK peace
— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) January 13, 2015
Dawson is part of the growing, often toxic YouTube subculture of prank videos, often called “social experiments” to minimize personal responsibility and maximize traffic. His 2014 movie, Not Cool, did not find much critical acclaim. The Hollywood Reporter’s review pointed out it’s “[filled] with ethnic stereotypes, scatological humor, profane language and characters who are not so much caricatures as cartoons.” Dawson’s also known for his “ghetto girl” character, Shanaynay, and engaging in uncomfortable “ghetto pranks” onstage at VidCon.