YouTuber Shane Dawson has denied a series of bizarre rumors, after an old clip from his podcast surfaced, where he explained that he "humped" his pet cat and ejaculated on it.
Dawson, best known for his YouTube 'docuseries', is one of the most popular creators on the platform with over 21 million subscribers.
In spite of his popularity, he has had to make numerous apologies and clarifications over the years, arising from various controversies.
On March 17, a clip in from Dawson's podcast series 'Shane and Friends' from 2014, surfaced on Twitter, in which the YouTuber claims he "spread" the cat's legs, and "humped" her 'tummy', "and I kept humping and humping, and I came all over the cat."
I found the audio!! Shane Dawson came on his cat! WTF!!!!! This was on his podcast pic.twitter.com/6slFQRxIeE— Sandwich Ruler (@magician_dragon) March 17, 2019
He also said it was his "first sexual experience" and that he was 19 years old at the time. Unsurprisingly, Twitter users were shocked, but others argued it was part of Dawson's 'shock' style of comedy, where he would make up ridiculous stories for purely entertainment purposes.
Responding to the controversy, Dawson claimed that it was the latter, explaining in a series of Tweets that the "story was fake and was based on a dumb awful sketch idea I had years ago that I never made."
i didnt fuck my cat. i didnt cum on my cat. i didnt put my dick anywhere near my cat. Ive never done anything weird with my cats. I promised myself i wasnt going to make apology videos after last years thing so im just trying to be as short and honest with this as possible. (1/?)— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) March 18, 2019
ive apologized many times for all the dumb shit ive said in videos and podcasts over the years. ive learned my lesson over and over again and im more confident now in my ability to be entertaining by just being myself and not being so shocking for laughs.(2/?)— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) March 18, 2019
that story was fake and was based on a dumb awful sketch idea I had years ago that i never made (THANK GOD) and when the opportunity came up for a funny moment in the podcast I told it as if it was a real story which was DISGUSTING and VERY VERY DUMB (3/?)— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) March 18, 2019
my goal with the podcast and with my videos years ago was to tell shocking stories that would make people laugh and scream "OMG NO U DIDNT!!" and think i was "soooo crazy". its embarrassing and i fucking hate myself for it. (4/?)— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) March 18, 2019
now that im making stuff i love and im being myself it feels so much better and i finally feel like im putting stuff out into the world that means something. im not saying i hate everything ive made over the years (5/?)— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) March 18, 2019
theres so many things im so proud of. but all of my offensive jokes, over the top stories, and insensitive jokes are something that still haunt me and something I have to be faced with everyday on the internet. and it never gets easier. (6/?)— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) March 18, 2019
so im sorry for what i said about my cat, im sorry for what i said about anything or anyone that was offensive, and im sorry for being someone who thought being super offensive and shocking all the time was funny. im sorry for my past. but im really to make it right and (7/?)— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) March 18, 2019
i feel like without my past i wouldnt be who I am today and i wouldnt be able to grow & spend my energy on things that actually mean something. this has been the best 2 years of my life & its because ive been able to drop the act & be myself. and im sorry for not doing it sooner— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) March 18, 2019
I have no idea what this is about and Shane I'm sure you didn't fuck your cat but this is the best copy pasta on the internet ever— Ethan Klein (@h3h3productions) March 18, 2019
It's the second controversy in as many days for Dawson however, who also had to respond when another clip of discussing child pornography resurfaced, again from an old 'Shane and Friends' podcast.
These controversies may have turned some people off to Shane Dawson and his content, but his popularity certainly isn't struggling as a result. His YouTube documentaries rival even Netflix shows for viewership and his next project is highly-anticipated.