YMMV / Shane Dawson

  • Broken Base: His coming out as bi has split the base, although not because of his identifying as bisexual. While people are more or less universally happy that he can openly admit to being who he is and some point out that bisexuals need representation, others think that his use of Black Comedy such as Blackface and so on disqualifies him from being a representative. For the time being, many are content to wait and see how his behaviour changes, if at all. There was also criticism that the video came off as an attempt to get attention.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Even people who dislike Shane himself admits that they love his boyfriend Ryland because of his role as the Only Sane Man and his relationship with Shane. Vlogs that featured Ryland and their relationship heavily have more views than the regular ones. It's saying something that Ryland's channel has more subscribers than Garrett despite has less appearance and videos as well as not being a professional YouTuber.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Many of his "Shisa" videos with Lisa Schwartz, in which general playful antagonism appears much darker after the two had officially broken up. Even moreso since by their admission they had already broken up for almost a year before they finally announced it but were pretending to still be together and making videos as a couple for their audience.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • "RIP Grandma Dawson" sounds like a Tear Jerker (and this is without knowing about the other grandma-related videos, which are VERY sad), but has Shane constantly trying to keep a light attitude and smile to remember his grandma in happiness and not sadness. Although he does get choked up a bit, he isn't sobbing like he was in the other Grandma videos.
    • His coming out video. Halfway through it, he's already in tears, but at the same time he looks and sounds as though a massive weight has been lifted off of his shoulders, like he's wanted to get all of this out for years (which he freely admits he has).
    • Lisa's reaction video is also equally powerful. She doesn't regret dating him or letting him go and is just so happy that Shane is finally able to accept himself. And then proclaims that they will always be best friends, which they do.
    • Most of the videos that Ryland appears. It's really obvious that they are very loving and affectionate towards each others.
  • Love It or Hate It:
    • While he does have a fairly sizeable fanbase, his use of Blackface and dark humour comedy in general have also generated a rather vocal hatedom. On his potentially more offensive works, some are okay simply to not watch it, whereas others are calling for him to be banned from Vidcon.
    • This also seems to be the case when he's doing the YouTubers React series, as he's usually the one that seems unimpressed, being The Stoic, which is odd compared to his usual self.
    • What the Fuck News with Des. You either like his style of humor and creative news choices, or find him obnoxious and overly fake, and some don't like that Shane's channel is a host, preferring that he would have his own channel for the show. The fact that I Hate Everything proved that his segment had stolen one of his jokes added fuel to the fire.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Some of his Black Comedy videos can boarder on this.
    • His "Blank Space" parody is full of this. Even though this is Played for Laughs, it's still pretty disturbing and nightmare-inducing.
  • One True Threesome:
    • Reactions of people that aren't commenting on how jealous Ryland looks in "Using a "Cuddle Buddy" App" is immediately assume that Ryland/Shane/Aladdin had a threesome.
    • Ryland/Shane/Lily/Joslyn used to be pretty popular due to the amount of foursome teasing during Shane's appearance on the Clevver channel before Shane and Ryland announced that they are dating.
  • Plot Tumor: His food-tasting/making videos, which have gone on to take up the majority of his videos. They eclipse all his other videos, including the incredibly popular conspiracy theory videos. He seems to have become aware of this though, and does conspiracy/creepy videos at least once a week, while dialing back the food videos.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: "Shisa" back when he was still dating Lisa, and "Shyland" now that he is dating Ryland. Both have been used by Shane directly in his videos.
  • Shallow Parody: His parody of Unfriended, in which the main joke is that the kids are Too Dumb to Live because they won't just turn off Skype. It's clear that it was made before the film actually came out, because a major point, and one of the first things the viewer learns, is that Laura is manipulating the characters' computers so that they can't disconnect — and when they try to do so, as in the case of Ken, she kills them almost immediately for it. The parody also fails considering as some people pointed out, he was in an own internet based movie.

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