Jada Pinkett Smith, 48, has hit out after a video showing YouTube star Shane Dawson sexualising Willow Smith surfaced online.
The footage, that appeared on Twitter, showed the vlogger – who issued an apology video on Friday for “all of the racism [he] put onto the internet” – can be seen looking at Willow, 11 at the time, on a Disney poster while appearing to pretend to perform a solo sex act.
After the clip circulated online, Willow’s mum Jada – who shares the singer with movie star Will Smith – took to Twitter to slam the 31-year-old YouTuber.
She fumed on the micro-blogging site: “To Shane Dawson … I’m done with the excuses.”
Willow’s brother Jaden, 21, was also angered at the disturbing clip, and typed online: “SHANE DAWSON I AM DISGUSTED BY YOU. ‘YOU SEXUALIZING AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO HAPPENS TO BE MY SISTER!!!!!! IS THE FURTHEST THING FROM FUNNY AND NOT OKAY IN THE SLIGHTEST BIT.”
Only days prior, Shane took to his platform to upload a video named “Taking Accountability” after facing backlash for his sketches shared online.
In the 20-minute video he addressed some of his videos where he said the N-word, mocked pedophilia and portrayed racist sterotyes.
“Blackface was something that I did a lot… on my channel. And there’s no excuse for it. There’s literally no excuse. I made a video six years ago talking about it and I gave excuses and it was wrong… But I didn’t do the work,” Dawson said.
“I didn’t actually look into the history of it and why it’s so wrong and why people were so upset.”
Dawson told his 23 million subscribers that he now recognised the harm his videos did.
He said: “I am so sorry to anybody that saw that and also saw that people were lifting me up and saying, ‘You’re so funny, Shane,’” Dawson added.
“I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be Black and see this white f—ing guy doing blackface and the whole Internet at that time being like, ‘LOL.’”
“I’m sorry that I added to the normalization of blackface or the normalization of saying the N-word, It’s not a funny word. Especially for a white person to say.”
Dawson addressed past jokes he made about paedophilia as well, saying that he “would never talk about a child in a way that is inappropriate” – he did not mention the video that has now resurfaced.
As the video ended, Shane told: “I’m willing to lose everything,” Dawson said. “At this point, realising how many people I’ve hurt or how many people I’ve inspired to say awful things or do anything awful, to finally just own up to all of this and be accountable is worth losing everything to me.”
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