YouTube star Shane Dawson has issued a lengthy apology after a shocking podcast was unearthed in which he says he had Googled naked babies and jokes about them being ‘sexy’.
On Wednesday, Pop Blast posted an edited audio clip in which the 29-year-old made comments about paedophilia in his podcast Shane And Friends from four years ago.
In the 14-minute apology, Shane – who boasts 11million YouTube subscribers – says the video was taken out of context and repeatedly tells his fans, “I am not a f**king paedophile!”
In the shocking audio, the YouTube personality discusses meeting a six-year-old girl with over 100,000 followers on Instagram.
Shane said: “I said OK, why do you have so many followers? And she said, ‘Oh I’m a cheerleader’ Oh really? And she shows me her Instagram which are like… First of all, I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but she’s like sexy.”
He then goes on to explain his “justification for paedophilia”.
“Here’s my justification for paedophilia – people have foot fetishes, people have fetishes about everything, that’s fine, do your thing,” he says.
“So why is it when somebody looks at and Googles like ‘naked baby’ on Google and jerks off to it, they can get arrested? I don’t understand that.”
He then admits he once typed in “naked baby” into Google to “pretend like [he is] a paedophile”.
“Here’s the worst part of it, I actually went to Google… I didn’t want to see child porn but I just thought okay let me pretend like I’m a paedophile for a second.”
“So I typed in ‘naked baby’. First of all I don’t know why anybody would be turned on by that. But they were sexy. I’m kidding.”
At this point his co-host interjects to say: “You can literally get arrested for saying this!”
After the video went viral, Shane record an apology that begins: “I am not a f**king pedophile! Everybody’s saying, ‘Shane, make a statement.’ There’s my statement. I am not a f**king pedophile. It’s disgusting that some people are saying I’m a f**king paedophile because of some s***ty a** f**king jokes on a podcast from six years ago!”
He goes on: “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 playing crazy stereotypical characters. I was doing shit that was racially insensitive, I was doing shit that was homophobic, I was doing shit that could be considered fat shaming, I was doing some fucked up comedy stuff that I’m not proud of.”
“I have changed so much as a person and as a creative and as a director and a writer. The stuff that I was saying back in those times I would never say now. Ever. Because I don’t think that’s funny. Listening to that clip now, I didn’t laugh.”
“I didn’t think it was funny. But when you hear that clip, you hear my cohost laughing, which was my goal. I wanted to always make her shocked and laugh. That was our thing.”