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.
    • Is Shane's content better after the end of his scripted sketch videos? Some would say he's declined and lost his trademark, but others would argue that Shane is much funnier going off without a script, and that his comedy writing is often forced and unfunny.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Even people who dislike Shane himself admit 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 continue to be best friends, which they do.
    • Most of the videos that Ryland appears in. It's really obvious that he and Shane are very loving and affectionate towards each other.
    • After years of fear and resentment toward his Disappeared Dad, Shane decides to reach out and reconnect to his father. While both know their relationship will still need work, they connect over lots of surprising similarities (such as their humor and...unpleasant habits) and both come out of the experience more fulfilled and happy. Shane feels like his entire life has been changed, and his reflexive smiling at the end of the video shows it.
    • Shane reaching out to long-time YouTuber Grav3yardgirl when both felt like her channel was suffering. He gets her on her first steps to opening up and evolving in her content, and it seems to have worked wonders for her spirit and her numbers.
  • Never Live It Down: A lot of his older content was shocking and insensitive in ways that went too far and negatively impacted his image, such as his poor decision to use blackface in some sketches, and a joke about pedophilia that made him the target of Manipulative Editing in order to make him seem sincere in a social media attack. While Shane has apologized for his misjudgements and tried to move on, not everybody forgives him.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Some of his Black Comedy videos can border 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, for a time, were a phase that took up the majority of his videos. They eclipsed 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. Shane acknowledges this shift (and the shift away from this shift) in a vlog with Ryland, noting that "food Shane is back" when eating a donut/cookie sandwich.
  • 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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