Shane Dawson’s possible YouTube return sparks widespread derision

Shane Dawson has been ridiculed online after he revealed he did not plan to abandon his YouTube channel after 15 years of work.

The YouTube giant, who currently has 20.4 million subscribers, has not posted on the platform in 11 months.

His absence came after he shared an apology video titled, “Taking Accountability,” in which he addressed a slew of his controversies including blackface, racial slurs and jokes about pedophilia.

Dawson, 32, shared a photograph alongside his partner Ryland Adams sat on a riverfront.

“Dads left the house,” he started. “Ps. I know I haven’t posted a video in a long time and I promise it’s not because I don’t want to. I’m just trying to stay in a good mindset and be happy. I promise I’m not going to abandon my channel after 15 years of creating.”

“Just been re-evaluating my life the last year and figuring out what I want to do with it,” he added. “Life is short and I’m grateful for every second of it. Hope you guys are doing well! I miss you! :,)”

The announcement did not go down well with users online as they took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

User @Joysenberry shared a GIF of Emma Roberts in Scream Queens, adding: “My whole day is ruined by the fact that Shane Dawson is coming back to YouTube.”

In response to the news, @venus099ll posted a clip of Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor from the famous scene, where he falls to his knees and screams “why.”

@L0W3XP3CT4T10N5 posted: “Shane Dawson coming back to youtube like any of us missed him or wanted him to come back is just embarrassing.”

@wamario69 slammed: “Remember when Shane Dawson said ‘what I did was irredeemable and I deserve to have everything taken away’? He has the power to permanently de-platform himself – to make the situation right – and is choosing to come back, which invalidates his whole apology.”

“Cancel culture does not exist because people like Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star can leave for a few months or weeks and still have a large platform #rbgcspeaks,” @girly_depressed wrote.

The widespread backlash comes less than a year after Dawson apologized to his sizeable audience after being embroiled in a slate of controversies.

Dawson found fame on the platform after he started posting videos in 2008. He is widely seen as one of the original YouTubers.

In his apology video, which has been viewed over 20 million times, Dawson referred to his younger-self stating that he “hates that person so f****** much.”

“This video is coming from a place of just wanting to own up to my s***, wanting to own up to everything I’ve done on the internet that has hurt people, that has added to a problem, that has not been handled well,” he said. “I should have been punished for things.”

Shortly after the announcement came out, YouTube confirmed to Tube Filter that his three channels, Shane, ShaneDawsonTV and Shane Glossin’ had been demonetized.

The platform explained to Newsweek that his past actions were enough to warrant the decision.

It is not known how long the demonetization is expected to last.

Shane Dawson promotes his new book “I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson” at Barnes & Noble Union Square on March 13, 2015 in New York City. Shane Dawson last posted on his YouTube channel 11 months ago.
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