Karmageddon is a series of controversial events and resurfaced videos leading many to call for the cancellation of Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star in late June 2020. After one YouTube beauty guru suggested that Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson purposefully instigated the James Charles and Tati Westbrook Feud for their own personal gain, videos of both Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson involving racist commentary, racist jokes and content like pedophilia and bestiality causing their YouTube subscriber counts to plummet.
Shane Dawson has released a series of videos apologizing for past racist videos and jokes. For example, he apologized in 2014 in a video about wearing blackface. In 2019, Shane came under fire for previous jokes made about bestiality. Many of those previously addressed videos and more resurfaced on Twitter in June 2020. On June 10th, beauty YouTuber Kameron Lester took to Instagram to share his thoughts about Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson after having worked with them. In the video, Lester describes a situation in which both Dawson and Star negatively discussed James Charles months before the Tati Westbrook released the video “Bye Sister” and suggested that they instigated the feud to hurt his career (shown below). The video gained over 60,000 views in two weeks.
On June 11th, 2020, YouTuber and former friend of Jeffree Star Sanders Kennedy uploaded a video outline the racist remarks that Star has made throughout their friendship (shown below, left). The next day, a former employee of Star, Ashlye Kyle, uploaded a video saying that Star has blackmailed multiple people (shown below, right). The video accumulated over 342,400 views in 18 days.
Shane Dawson’s Cousin and Willow Smith
On June 25th, 2020, Twitter user @KRMGDN posted a video captioned, “TW//Creepy video where Shane Dawson and his ex-gf Lisa explain sex acts to a 12 year old and reenact them. Shane asks her if she has periods yet and jokes about c**k rings and semen. I’m speechless” (shown below). The tweet garnered over 1,300 likes and 680 retweets in five days.
Creepy video where Shane Dawson and his ex-gf Lisa explain sex acts to a 12 year old and reenact them. Shane asks her if she has periods yet and jokes about c**k rings and semen. I’m speechless. pic.twitter.com/zGbxaqo0Aj
— J⭐+🐷 = DANGERS TO SOCIETY (@KRMGDN) June 25, 2020
Disgusting video found by— J⭐+🐷 = DANGERS TO SOCIETY (KRMGDN) June 25, 2020
stre_edwhere Shane Dawson pretends to masturbate over a poster of then 11 year old Willow Smith while sexualizing lyrics of her debut song. Truly depraved man. pic.twitter.com/e8WF9OX5Nl
Blaire White Video
On June 28th, 2020, Blaire White uploaded the video “Bye Jeffree Star. You’re A Monster. (MY EXPERIENCE)” which outlined her experience with Jeffree Star saying that he is withholding information about big YouTubers being rapists and urged the victims to come forward (shown below) The video accumulated over 1.1 million views and 97,000 likes in two days.
Tati Westbrook’s Response
On June 29th, 2020, the New York Times, Distractify and Cosmopolitan reported on the controversy noting that Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson has lost millions of subscribers and followers The next day, PopBuzz reported that all of Shane Dawson’s videos have been demonetized by YouTube. On June 30th, Tati Westbrook uploaded the video “BREAKING MY SILENCE …” (shown below). The video gained over 64,700 views in an hour. The 40-minute video describes how Westbrook was gaslit by Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson into thinking that she needed to end James Charles’s career.