YouTuber Shane Dawson is following up his September pig-shaped handbag launch with a range of slime. You read that right: slime. Pre-made, super stretchy and with a root beer scent. Delightful!
We’d love to say this range comes as a surprise, but really anything’s possible when it comes to one of the world’s most controversial YouTube stars.
For those living under a rock, 2020 has got to have been the worst professional year of Shane Dawson’s life. It all kicked off in June, when old clips of the beauty YouTuber using blackface, spouting various offensive words against POCs and joking about paedophilia resurfaced.
Tati Westbrook then dropped a disturbing new video where she accused him and Jeffree Star of manipulating her to go against James Charles. Shane Dawson publicly addressed some of the allegations at the time, releasing a video titled “Taking Accountability”, in which he sweepingly apologised for his past behaviour, simply claiming it "wasn't him".
After that, we barely heard a peep out of Shane for months, until he decided to quietly release a range of pig-shaped handbags, available on his merch site. (Get across what else Shane Dawson was up to in that time here.)
This brings us up to today when another new range – four colours of slime in pig-shaped containers – quietly dropped on his merch site. But, as YouTuber Zachary Michael so eloquently put it in the title of a 16-minute video this morning: “Why is Shane Dawson selling slime?”.
“You’re really going to come out with slime when you’ve had issues related to allegations with children?” Zach says in the clip. “For me, that’s a questionable decision.”
Later, Zach again stresses: “Who’s the demographic for slime? It’s children. I don’t think this is the best look for somebody who was accused of being inappropriate with people underage.”
Zach also points out the cost of the slime, USD $12, is quite the pretty penny for slime. “Why would I want to spend $12 on designer slime?” he asks.
Zach claims from his research that Shane has long since been obsessed with slime. He teased his own version of it nearly a year ago, so it’s likely that a slime range was in the works before all the controversies of this year.
We still have no clue how those pig-shaped handbags from September sold, and likely we’ll be kept in the dark about the slime’s success rate too. As always, we’ll do our utmost to keep you across.
Written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are here.