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Entertainment • Feb 13, 2019

Chuck E. Cheese responds to concerns following Shane Dawson’s ‘Conspiracy’ series

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Chuck E. Cheese responds to concerns following Shane Dawson’s ‘Conspiracy’ series
Shane Dawson, YouTube / REUTERS, Mike Blake

Popular pizza chain and children’s restaurant Chuck E. Cheese has released a statement following the second episode of YouTuber Shane Dawson’s ‘Conspiracy’ documentary series.

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In a statement to the Verge, the restaurant claimed that it does not sell left over pizza to customers, as discussed in Dawson’s series.

“The claims made in this video about Chuck E. Cheese’s and our pizza are unequivocally false,” a Chuck E. Cheese spokesperson stated. “No conspiracies here — our pizzas are made to order and we prepare our dough fresh in restaurant, which means that they’re not always perfectly uniform in shape, but always delicious.”

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Dawson's segment over Chuck E. Cheese's pizza prompted mass outrage across Twitter, with even major internet celebrities getting in on the conspiracy.

Dawson theorized that the restaurant uses slices of leftover pizzas to create new pies, thus accounting for the odd number of slices and irregular shapes often seen in the chain’s pizzas.

The YouTuber’s 30-minute segment on the subject ends with Dawson bringing a pizza home from the chain in an attempt to recreate its slice lines - which resulted in him ultimately throwing it in the garbage bin.

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Dawson’s series prompted mass speculation against Chuck E. Cheese, with even the likes of makeup guru Jeffree Star calling out the restaurant in a Tweet shortly after the second episode went live.

While YouTube has yet to make a statement on the issue, the platform recently unrolled a new algorithm meant to suppress recommendations for ‘conspiracy’ content - which was thought to have been behind the accidental demonetization of Dawson’s first episode in the series.

However, the platform’s automatic review system had flagged the video for showing footage of the ‘Bird Box’ prank challenge, which was labeled a “mistake” upon review.

Dawson's second video in the series has over 10 million views as of February 12.

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