Bisexual YouTuber Shane Dawson fends off pedophilia accusations

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YouTube royalty Shane Dawson has come under fire this week after an old episode of his podcast "Shane and Friends" resurfaced. In it, he made jokes about being a pedophile, starting with recounting an interaction with a 6-year-old fan. "And 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 said.

The creator, whose real name is Shane Lee Yaw, released a video on his channel denying the accusations, starting with playing the clip in full, where he said "First of all, let me just say, having sex with children or touching children or anything of that nature is terrible, and you should not do it," before making jokes about masturbating to child pornography on the internet. "First of all, I don't understand why anybody would be turned on by that," he concluded on the podcast. "But it was sexy."

source: Article 'Bisexual YouTuber Shane Dawson Fends Off Pedophilia Accusations' by Ariel Sobel; www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/2018/1/11/bisexual-youtuber-shane-dawson-fends-pedophilia-accusations; Advocate.com; 11 January 2018