Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has called out YouTuber Shane Dawson for “sexualising” her daughter Willow when she was 11 years old.
A clip showing Dawson pretending to masturbate to a poster of Willow, now 19 and whose father is Will Smith, has resurfaced online, much to the anger of her famous family.
Jada and her son, actor Jaden, both slammed Dawson on Twitter on Saturday – a day after he apologised for past videos of him wearing blackface.
Jada tweeted: “To Shane Dawson... I’m done with the excuses.”
To Shane Dawson ... I’m done with the excuses.— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) June 27, 2020
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.— Jaden (@jaden) June 27, 2020
Jaden wrote: “Shane Dawson I am disgusted by you.
“You sexualising an 11-year-old girl who happens to be my sister is the furthest thing from funny and not okay in the slightest bit.”
Dawson released a video to his 23 million subscribers on Friday apologising 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.
“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 apologise 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.”