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Jaden & Jada Pinkett Smith slam Shane Dawson over ‘disgusting’ clip

Published: 28/Jun/2020 0:45 Updated: 28/Jun/2020 14:26

by Theo Salaun

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Popular YouTuber Shane Dawson continues to be condemned for problematic content, most recently by Jaden Smith following a recently resurfaced clip sexualizing Willow Smith.

On June 26, Dawson addressed controversy surrounding older YouTube videos, and apologized for having offended anyone with his past content. In a particularly egregious example, a 23-year-old Dawson pretended to pleasure himself to a Willow Smith Radio Disney poster. She was 11 years old at the time and her brother, Jaden, has now publicly denounced the content creator.

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“I AM DISGUSTED BY YOU. YOU SEXUALIZING AN 11 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO HAPPENS TO BE MY SISTER IS THE FURTHEST THING FROM FUNNY,” he tweeted. Jaden’s reaction comes just a day after Dawson uploaded a 20-minute-long video apologizing for the problematic substance found in the content he has built a livelihood off of.

In Dawson’s apology, he notes that his videos often included blackface as well as “stereotypes of Black people or Asian people or Mexicans.” While spending most of it focused on racial insensitivity and his drama with James Charles and Tati Westbrook, he does also touch on the inappropriate jokes made involving children—content which was not limited to the Willow clip.

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“I swear on my life … I would never talk about a child in any way that was inappropriate. That is disgusting, that is gross, it is not something I would ever do. It is something I did for shock value or because I thought it was funny … It’s all gross,” he said.

While Dawson acknowledges his impropriety for the sake of entertainment value, he seems aware that an apology does not excuse past behavior: “You can apologize, but you can’t expect the other person to just forgive you.”

In a followup Tweet, Jaden noted Dawson’s extensive use of blackface in a call for the youth to instead “support creators who support us and our morals.” Similarly, Jaden and Willow’s mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, took to Twitter to explain that she was “done with the excuses.”

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The YouTuber’s apology comes amidst a wave of accountability from content creators. His video follows directly after Jenna Marbles addressed her own allegations and decided to put her channel on an indefinite hiatus. 

In his video, he professes that his behavior has changed, and that he will showcase more non-white people on his platform. As of yet, it is unclear whether that will be enough to elicit absolution from the Smith family.

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Thomas Petrou slams Bryce Hall’s accusations of stealing from Hype House

Published: 9/Oct/2020 1:00

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok stars Thomas Petrou and Bryce Hall have sparked quite the feud after Hall accused Petrou — co-founder of the Hype House — of stealing money from his own content creators.

It’s no secret that the Hype House and the Sway House aren’t on friendly terms, with the two getting into a fierce beef throughout this past year (remember that time the Sway boys drove to the Hype House to confront Chase Hudson?).

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While Hall has confirmed that their feud with the Hype House is definitely real, it seems that he’s going “full send” on his distaste for the group by accusing co-founder Thomas Petrou of outright stealing money from the HH’s content creators.

During an interview with Tom Ward on October 8, Hall made some serious claims about Petrou’s business practices, stating that he’d “stolen” money from the TikTokers working underneath the content collective.

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“I’ll say it — he steals money,” Hall stated. “He steals money from those kids. These kids are — I love a lot of people in the Hype House, but they are not the smartest people. …maybe not now, because I haven’t talked to them in four or five months, and maybe somebody said something to him, but he, at the beginning, was stealing money for sure.”

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Hall’s claims didn’t go unnoticed; Petrou responded to the accusations shortly thereafter, denying having ever stolen money from those in the Hype House in a pointed Instagram reply on a tea page.

“That’s a complete lie,” he wrote. “I’ve never taken a percentage of anyone in the Hype House. Ask everyone who’s a part of it. The whole reason I started this was to help the people around me make sure they weren’t getting taken advantage of by their managers and agents.”

Thomas Petrou denies Bryce Hall's allegations of stealing money from Hype House creators.

This isn’t the first time Hall has struck out at Petrou in recent days, either; the Sway House TikToker also slammed Thomas’s spending habits, claiming that he “spends his money like an idiot” on pricey cars instead of saving up wisely.

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For now, it doesn’t look like there’s any love lost between these two social media stars as things continue to escalate between two of TikTok’s biggest creators.