You are a rarity: a non-problematic fav. And you are ~my~ non-problematic fav <3
I try! I’m not without fault though. A lot of people have noticed that it’s been a while since María or K8 have made an appearance—almost a year—and that’s no accident. Of course I never thought of them as problematic, otherwise I wouldn’t have introduced them onto my channel, but once I started questioning myself, I knew it was time to let them go.
For example, when María talked about getting into fights, it perpetuated the angry Latina stereotype. I realized this after the fact, and tried to change that part of her personality in future videos, but it never sat right with me after that. In the beginning, I just thought of it as doing an accent. I thought I was bringing diversity to my content until I learned that the implications were much more, and I truly apologize.
K8 started out when Claudio asked, “Do you think you could play a white girl from the hood?” for a dating series he was working on, and I decided to make her a mainstay on my channel as well. When I decided to retire María, I wondered if K8 was also problematic because of her accent, so I made the decision to make a final video with her and Claudio for Christmas, although I never addressed the fact that it would be the last one. So here we are.
I’m sorry for any negative impact these characters may have had, and I understand that impact is more important than intention. With all that said, I hope everyone understands why I chose to retire them last year, and thank you for sticking with me!
but remember when Shane called chescaleigh a whore for confronting him about racism not that long ago?
Remember how Shane only admitted to doing blackface and didn’t address any of the other problematic things that he did/does? (which include: slut shaming, using slurs, making jokes about the disabled, rape/molestation, Trayvon Martin, Rosa Parks, ect.)
I commented on his video because I’m sick of it. I’m sick of a community that will so quickly and vehemently rid themselves of a guy pinching cute White girl asses, but is too cowardly to speak out against prominent youtubers who have been racist in videos, on stage at…
what's your opinion on shane dawson's "apology" and his removal of the videos with black face?
Admittedly, I don’t watch his videos, so I never saw any apology. But that being said he never apologized for calling me a whore when I called out Shanna’s “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape Video” or favoriting tweets from his fans told me to kill myself and called me the n-word soooooo that “apology” doesn’t mean much to me.
Here’s the thing, blackface is only ONE of Shane’s many offenses, in addition to jokes about rape, pedophilia and using the n-word. Again, I don’t watch his videos, but I know he made under age sex jokes as recently as this year after numerous girls came forward to talk about sexual abuse in the YouTube community. And according to the LA Times, his new movie is full of rape jokes and other racist bits, so I doubt he’s learned anything or that his apology was genuine.
Why doesn't anyone call out Shane Dawson on his racism? I'm happy everyone is vocal about Sam Pepper, but this is something Shane has been doing for YEARS. When will Laci Green write an open letter to him? When will the YouTube community stand against the most problematic person in terms of racism? Or are black and brown faces not worth it? Of course, this isn't directed at you, I'm just angry.
The youtuber/tumblr user/twitterer to subsciber/follower dynamic is odd in that I know you much better than you know me. That being said, I just want you to know that I am proud of how you have faced a challenging year. Know that you are surrounded by love. Know that if/when we ever meet, there is a giant hug with your name on it if you want it.
You are the best. Whenever it is that I meet you I expect a prompt and secure embrace.
But seriously, thank you so much. These past few months have been by far the worst, and I’m glad that there are people like you who I can count on to make me smile.