On Perez Hilton’s podcast, Shane Dawson touched on getting cancelled by the internet, admitting he’s “grateful” for where he is now.

Shane Dawson was once one of the most worshipped creators with his comedy sketches and in-depth documentaries following fellow YouTubers including Jake Paul and Jeffree Star.

His career reached an all-time high around 2018 high thanks to his friendship with the makeup guru. It saw the duo release branded merchandise and even a Jeffree Star collection, named the Shane X Jeffree Conspiracy Collection.

Things took a turn after historic offensive comments resurfaced. Dawson became embroiled in a feud with Tati Westbrook and James Charles.

Speaking to Perez Hilton in 2022, the 34-year-old admits he’s in a better place following his cancellation.

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“Now I can see what the bigger purpose is”

On the latest episode of The Perez Hilton Podcast, the creator highlighted his mental health struggles. He also opened up over the burden of YouTube.

“When I was getting the most views, I was the most depressed, I was the most anxious,” Dawson explained. Admitting he was a workaholic, the constant need to publish content and satisfy fans became too overwhelming.

He added: “I really think the universe and God, or whatever, really planned it this way because I was at a point before I got cancelled where I didn’t wanna be around anymore. I was so burnt out.”

“You start to look into the negative, and then everyone is mad at you for something, and then haven’t had time with your family,” Dawson listed.

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Dawson resorted to therapy and two months in, he was cancelled by the internet in 2020. This was due to previous alleged racist remarks and other inappropriate comments.

It was just a collection of boom, boom, boom, boom, and it got to a point where, yeah, then that’s when I started therapy for an eating disorder and all the other stuff and then oddly enough, two months maybe even sooner, I started therapy, I got cancelled and it was like, ‘Oh.’ That felt very designed to me by something.’

His channel lost about 700K followers, though it took off the pressure to pump out videos.

“Now I can see what the bigger purpose is and I do and I’m so grateful to be where I am and for my family and to not be freaking out every f******day like, ‘What am I going to make? ‘What am I going to make? How am I going top it? Are people going to be mad?’ It really was never ending,” he added.

Nowadays, he’s more focused on his podcast.

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Dawson apologised for his actions in 2020

In a video titled Taking Accountability, the creator apologised for his sketches featuring “stereotypes of black people or Asian people or Mexicans”, though he didn’t expect fans to forgive him.

“Blackface was something I did a lot – like, I did it a lot on my channel – and there’s no excuse for it. There’s literally no excuse,” he stated.

Jada Pinkett and Jaden Smith also accused Dawson for allegedly making sexual gestures to a promotional poster of a then-11-year-old Willow Smith.

The rapper tweeted: “Shane Dawson I am disgusted by you. You sexualising an 11-year-old girl who happens to be my sister! Is the furthest thing from funny and not okay in the slightest bit.”

If you or someone you know needs support, there are many eating disorder helplines in the UK here to help. Beat can be contacted at 0808 801 0677 while Mind’s contact number is 0300 123 3393.
If you are based in the USA, you can call NEDA on (800) 931-2237.

If you are affected by any issues raised in the article or would like someone to speak to, please call the Samaritans for free on 116 123. You can also email them at [email protected] or visit samaritans.org to find your nearest branch in the UK. In the US, please visit Samaritans USA for more information.

You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to get in touch with the Crisis Text Line. Americans can now call or text 988 to reach out and speak to a counsellor.

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