Gabbie Hanna has explained why 40 million views have been wiped from her YouTube account, as controversy around Shane Dawson grows.
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Gabbie Hanna has deleted her videos containing Shane Dawson as backlash against the veteran YouTuber continues to grow.
Gabbie, 29, confirmed the move on Twitter yesterday, saying: ‘for those questioning the disappearance of 40m views on my channel last night’, along with a series of screenshots of videos she’s made with her fellow vlogger.
Shane, 31, is said to be losing 100k subscribers a day after posing a video on 26 June called ‘Taking accountability’, in which he apologised for his past use of blackface in content.
In it, he 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.’
The backlash intensified when both Jada Pinkett Smith and son Jaden Smith called Shane out last week for, as Jaden put it on Twitter, ‘sexualising’ sister Willow in an old video.
The clip in question that resurfaced on Twitter showed the YouTuber looking at an 11-year-old Willow on a Disney poster while appearing to pretend to masturbate.
Jada simply tweeted: ‘To Shane Dawson … I’m done with the excuses.’
Meanwhile, Jaden tweeted: ‘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.’
Shane started his YouTube channel in 2008 and went on to become one of the platform’s most popular personalities, racking up millions of views.
His reckoning follows news last week of YouTuber Jenna Marbles quitting the platform completely, while apologising for past racist videos.
Of a 2011 video in which she impersonated Nicki Minaj, Jenna said: ‘It was not my intention to do blackface. […] I don’t know how else to say this, but it doesn’t matter, because all that matters is people were offended and it hurt them, and for that I am so unbelievably sorry.’
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