KEY POINTS

  • Shane Dawson has come under fire for his past pedophilia jokes
  • He reportedly sexualized Willow Smith when she was only 11 in a video
  • He posted a video addressing his previous comedy sketches that included blackface

Jada Pinkett Smith has called out YouTube star Shane Dawson after a video that showed him "sexualizing" a younger Willow Smith resurfaced.

The video is believed to have been originally posted in 2011, shortly after Willow released her song, "Whip My Hair." Willow was 11 at the time. It shows Dawson, then 22, seemingly touching himself while looking at a poster featuring the youngster.

Pinkett-Smith, in a tweet on Saturday night (June 27), addressed the video and said she was "done with excuses" from Dawson.

Willow’s brother, Jaden Smith, also took to social media to slam the internet star. Saying he was "disgusted" by the YouTube star's actions, Jaden added that it was the "furthest thing from funny and not okay in the slightest bit."

After receiving a lot of flak on social media for his past clips, Dawson posted a lengthy video on his YouTube channel addressing recent allegations against him. Without mentioning any specific names, Dawson said it wasn’t his character to talk inappropriately about minors.

“I would never talk about a child in any way that is inappropriate,” Dawson said in the video titled “Taking Accountability.” 

“That is disgusting, that is gross, it is not something I would ever do. It is something I did for shock value or because I thought it was funny or, like ‘Oh my god, my child molester character,’ or whatever. It’s all gross and I promise that is not real, that is not me,” he assured.

Dawson also addressed his previous comedy sketches that included blackface. He blamed personal issues and childhood trauma for his terrible jokes, saying he should have just “gone to therapy” to deal with his problems.

The YouTuber’s past actions appear to have cost him subscribers. According to Social Blade, a website that tracks YouTuber analytics, Dawson, who has 22.7 million subscribers as of writing, has lost more than 300,000 followers between Friday and Sunday morning.

Dawson’s 20-minute video comes just a day after another popular YouTube star, Jenna Nicole Mourey, popularly known as Jenna Marbles, announced that she was quitting her channel following backlash over racist and blackface videos.

In an 11-minute clip uploaded on June 25, Mourey confessed to being ashamed of some of the videos she created in the past.

Shane Dawson Shane Dawson attends the Shorty Awards on May 5, 2019, in New York City. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images for Shorty Awards