Shane Lee Yaw, known professionally as Shane Dawson, is an American YouTube star, musician, actor, and writer best known for his popular YouTube videos; Shane was one of the first people to become immensely popular on YouTube. Shane started making YouTube videos at age 19 and quickly became popular for his sketch comedy videos; he later came under fire for characters like “Ghetto Girl” that were seen as offensive and distasteful.
Shane has come under fire for multiple different incidents, including using the n-word, alleged pedophilia, blackface, racial slurs, and comments about child sex abuse and bestiality. In June 2020, YouTube announced they would indefinitely suspend monetization on all three of Shane’s YouTube channels after the backlash over his comments.
Shane Lee Yaw, known professionally as Shane Dawson, was born on July 19, 1988 in Long Beach, California. He has two brothers, Jacob and Jerid. Growing up, Shane and his family had a poor upbringing and their mother, Teresa, raised the three boys alone.
Shane attended Lakewood High School and was heavily bullied growing up for high weight in school. Since then, Shane has lost 150 pounds.
As of October 2020, Shane has more than 21.3 million subscribers on YouTube, 10.2 million followers on Instagram, 9.3 million followers on Twitter and 3.4 million followers on TikTok.
Shane first started making videos in high school when he would turn in videos as school projects with his friends. He started posting on YouTube in 2008 at age 19 and had garnered more than half a billion views on his account by the next year.
The YouTuber started out by posting mostly sketch comedy videos, including original characters, impersonated celebrities and pop culture-type videos. In later years, Shane came under fire for these same sketches; many considered them offensive.
For example, he had one character called “ghetto girl” Shanaynay, which came under heavy criticism for propagating African-American stereotypes. Other characters, like Ned the Nerd, gangster S-Deezy, Barb the Lesbian and Guadalupe/Fruit Lupe (a Mexican character with a chola accent) all came under fire. In addition, he came under fire for his use of black face.
Several years later, in 2015, Shane started releasing his conspiracy theory series on YouTube, followed by his web series “Conspiracy Series with Shane Dawson.” These videos have become some of his most-viewed videos. The web series “Conspiracy Series with Shane Dawson” is more than two hours long.
The star has produced a number of docu-series on YouTube since then, including popular series on Jake Paul, Jeffree Star and TanaCon. In addition, Shane has released one docu-series discussing his absent father and the impacts it had on him.
Shane has three YouTube channels that have accumulated billions of lifetime views combined. However, his primary channel under his name — and the only active channel — has more than four billion views alone.
Shane has also ventured into the music industry and released six original songs. In addition, Shane has released a number of parody videos of popular music videos.
Shane launched his podcast in 2013 after he was inspired by famous radio host Howard Stern. The podcast, titled “Shane and Friends,” lasted four years and 140 episodes.
The YouTube star has his own feature-length film as well. The movie, titled “Not Cool,” appeared during a 10-episode docu-series titled “The Chair” on Starz.
In addition, Shane has appeared in the movies “Smiley” in 2012 and “Internet Famous” in 2016.
Shane has written and published two New York Times bestselling books titled “I Hate Myselfie” and “It Gets Worse.”
During his time in the spotlight, Shane has come under fire for a number of incidents. He has been criticized for his use of blackface, his use of the n-word, and his comments on sexual abuse and bestiality. Musician Jaden Smith has also criticized the YouTuber for sexualizing his then-11-year-old sister Willow.
In June 2020, YouTube announced they would indefinitely suspend monetization on all three of Shane’s YouTube channels after the backlash over his racially insensitive comments in addition to his comments on bestiality, pedophilia and child sexual abuse.
Shane is engaged to fellow YouTube star Ryland Adams.
Shane has a website where he sells his official merchandise. https://www.shanedawsonmerch.com/ In addition, he collaborated with Jeffree Star on a make-up line. https://jeffreestarcosmetics.com/collections/shane-x-jeffree-conspiracy-collection
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