Jada Pinkett Smith and her son Jaden have taken to social media to slam a YouTuber who has been called out for sexualizing Willow Smith when she was just 11 years old.
Earlier this week, YouTuber Shane Dawson posted a 20-minute video to his channel in which he “owned up to his s***” and apologized for a number of things he has included in his videos in the past – such as blackface, saying the ‘n-word’, and joking about pedophilia.
In the lengthy apology – which can be seen above – Dawson apologizes for mocking people of different races and doing blackface. He said:
“Blackface was something that I did a lot. There’s no excuse for it. I didn’t do the work. I didn’t look into the history of it and why it’s so wrong, and why people were so upset. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be Black, and see this white fucking guy do blackface, and the whole internet at that time being like, ‘LOL!’ That’s insane, and I am so sorry. I should lose everything for that.”
Dawson also issued an apology for frequently using the ‘n-word’, adding:
“Me, as a white person, wearing a wig, playing a character, doing stereotypes and then saying the N-word is something that I should have probably lost my career for at the time. There’s no amount of apologizing that can take it away.”
And the 31-year-old YouTuber also apologized for inappropriate jokes around sexualizing minors, saying:
“I shouldn’t have been joking about [pedophila] anyways. […] That’s something I have addressed before. My childhood – I’ve had a lot of pain, I’ve had a lot of issues with my family. I took that pain, and I turned it into jokes.
“Instead of joking about them, I should’ve gone to therapy. I would never talk about a child in any way that was inappropriate. That is disgusting. That is gross. That is something I did for shock value. I promise that is not me.”
However, this week, a disgusting clip of Dawson has resurfaced on social media showing him pretending to masturbate to a poster of a then 11-year-old Willow Smith (now 19).Credit: PA Images
In the disturbing video, Dawnson can be heard moaning while saying, “Oh, God! Oh, whip your hair back and forth” – a reference to Willow’s 2011 single ‘Whip My Hair’.
In response, Willow’s mother – actress Jada Pinkett Smith – addressed Dawson directly on her Twitter account, writing: “To Shane Dawson … I’m done with the excuses.”
Since being posted on Saturday night (June 27), Jada’s tweet has already received more than 568.9K likes.
In addition, Willow’s older brother – Jaden Smith – also tweeted directly to Dawson, writing:
“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.”
Prior to posting that tweet, a clearly irate Jaden shared two tweets – one of just angry face emojis, and another that read: “IM SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS.”
The 21-year-old actor then shared another tweet with his eight-million Twitter followers, once again taking aim at Dawson’s use of blackface.
Jaden wrote: “This Man Was Also Doing Black Face On The Regular. As The Youth We Need To Support Creators Who Support Us And Our Morals. This Is Not Okay.”
Dawson has yet to respond to the Smith family’s comments or apologize to them directly. Willow also hasn’t commented on the clip.