Earlier this week, a disturbed viewer uploaded a video onto YouTube titled, "I think Shane Dawson is a pedophile. Here's my proof."
The video featured a clip from an old episode of Dawson's "Shane and Friends" podcast in which he joked about an online encounter he had with a "sexy" 6-year-old girl.
"She shows me her Instagrams which are like — first of all — I don't know if I'm allowed to say this but, like, she's, like, sexy," Dawson, whose net worth is $4 million, noted in the podcast.
Dawson then went onto "justify" pedophilia, according to NY Daily News.
“Let me just say, having sex with children, or touching children, or anything of that nature is terrible, and you should not do it,” Dawson continued. “Here's my thing: People have foot fetishes. People have fetishes about, you know, everything. And there's websites on the internet where they can look at that weird creepy shit and jerk off to it. Okay, fine, everybody do your thing.”
The video has since been removed from YouTube, but fans have continued to share quotes from the podcast on other platforms.
Upon receiving intense backlash, Dawson immediately posted a video response.
Dawson, who has previously said he was molested himself, said he wanted to "go on record saying I am not a fucking pedophile."
He replayed the damning clip for his viewers, explaining that he wanted his fans to hear "that moment in full just for context, because that seems to be missing nowadays."
"I can't believe I'm having this make this video," he added.
Dawson claimed he didn't fully appreciate the gravity of his "jokes."
"I loved the feeling of making somebody shocked and laugh because they couldn't believe what was coming out of my mouth," he admitted. "I wasn't confident enough to make smarter jokes."
In a follow-up tweet, Dawson insisted he's "grown up" since making those jokes and asked his followers to stop dragging him for his past comments.
"I grew up," Dawson wrote. "I changed my content. I apologized countless times for my shitty offensive jokes. instead of dragging me down people should use me as an example of a creator who can CHANGE and better themselves and their content. i’m so proud of who i am today."