A clip showing Dawson appearing to touch himself while looking at a poster of the former child pop star, now 19, has resurfaced online, much to the anger of her famous family.
Dawson released a video to his 23 million subscribers on Friday apologizing for using blackface and racial slurs in his videos.
The 31-year-old said: “Blackface was something that I did a lot. Like, I did it a lot on my channel. 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. I knew it was wrong, I knew I never wanted to do it again, but I didn’t do the work. I didn’t actually look into the history of it and why it’s so wrong, and why people were so upset.
Shane Dawson has issued an apology for using blackface. (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)
“Because my excuse (was) ‘I was just being funny, I love black people, I’m not a racist. I was trying to be funny.’ All of that is stupid and wrong. And I put that onto the internet as an adult, and that is insane.
“I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry to anybody that saw that.
“I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be black and see this white f***ing guy do blackface and the whole internet at that time be like, ‘LOL.’
“That’s insane and I’m so sorry. I don’t know how to even fully apologize because it seems like something that is irredeemable. It’s something that I shouldn’t be able to get out of, I should lose everything for that.”