Shane Dawson called out for releasing new merch without addressing controversies
22 September 2020, 12:22
Shane Dawson recently emailed fans about a new line of hoodies with Jeffree Star's company Killer Merch.
Shane Dawson is coming under fire after launching a new line of merch amid his silence on his recent public controversies.
In June this year, Shane Dawson faced widespread public backlash after many of his past scandals came to light. Videos of Shane wearing blackface, using racial slurs, mocking disabled people and even joking about paedophilia went viral online. Shane then apologised for some of his actions in a 20-minute-long YouTube video titled 'Taking Accountability'.
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However, shortly afterwards, even more of Shane's problematic videos resurfaced. In one of them, Shane sexualised a then 11-year-old Willow Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jaden Smith called him out for it. In the following days, Shane lost a million subscribers on YouTube and Target and Morphe removed his products from their websites and stores.
Since June 30th, Shane has remained silent on social media but he's now being slammed for quietly releasing new merch.
Last week (Sep 17), Shane Dawson sent out an email to people subscribed to his mailing list announcing a brand new line of hoodies made by Jeffree Star's Killer Merch company. The hoodies feature the phrase "spiralling since 1988" on them. Fans were quick to criticise Shane for working on new merch without addressing his controversies.
One person tweeted: "It’s so uncomfortable that Shane Dawson is releasing new merch while he’s been mia??? It’s just weird knowing he hasn’t said anything since June & still comes out with new stuff".
Another added: "i got an email of shane dawson’s new merch... why would he launch new merch when he hasn’t been on any platform addressing everything people have said about him. who’s still supporting this man? why would they launch new merch?"
It’s so uncomfortable that Shane Dawson is releasing new merch while he’s been mia??? It’s just weird knowing he hasn’t said anything since June & still comes out with new stuff— Kale 🌿 (@kalekaela) September 19, 2020
i got an email of shane dawson’s new merch... why would he launch new merch when he hasn’t been on any platform addressing everything people have said about him. who’s still supporting this man? why would they launch new merch?— gaymerboi🎃 (@jazziiraw) September 17, 2020
Di-did shane dawson just put out new merch when he hasn’t been on the internet for a couple of months... did he really just do that?— Kayleigh Stiff (@iAmKayleigh18) September 17, 2020
Shane dawson can’t come on and address everything but he can release new merch— C O L L E E N #BlackLivesMatter (@Colleeeeeeeeenn) September 18, 2020
So..-— 🌙🤍𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮 𝘑𝘢𝘻𝘻🤍🌙 (@Cyb3rT1ts) September 18, 2020
Shane Dawson came out with some ugly ass merch
despite the fact that he got cancelled
is he trying to get money because his channel got demonetized or some shit?? like??
you really expect people to buy this?? pic.twitter.com/fmbfU5pc7j
leave it to shane dawson to make “quirky” mental illness merch and to put it out when the whole world still hates him to what? gain some sympathy? @shanedawson you make me sick— anna (@a_jag27) September 19, 2020
As it stands, Shane hasn't responded to the backlash. We shall update you if he does.