YouTuber Shane Dawson Apologizes for Pedophilia Jokes

Dawson made the comments on a 2013 podcast.

YouTuber Shane Dawson is addressing a controversy related to old comments that Dawson made about pedophilia, spurred by a video posted Wednesday (Jan. 10) on Pop Blast’s now-terminated YouTube channel.

“I want to apologize first,” says Dawson, 29, whose real name is Shane Yaw. “I am sorry that I used to make really shitty fucking jokes… Back in the day… I loved the feeling of making somebody shocked and laugh because they couldn’t believe what was coming out of my mouth.”

The now-deleted Pop Blast video included edited audio from a July 1, 2013 podcast on Dawson’s “Shane and Friends” show in which he and co-host Lauren Schnipper were discussing an encounter Dawson had in public with a “child who was probably six years old” who began talking about Instagram with Dawson.

In the featured clip that brought Dawson under fire, he was explaining

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