* BrokenBase: 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 BlackComedy 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.
* HeartwarmingMoments:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLcCSQt0HFM "RIP Grandma Dawson"]] sounds like a TearJerker (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 [[ComingOutStory coming]] [[BiTheWay 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).
* LoveItOrHateIt:
** While he does have a fairly sizeable fanbase, his use of {{Blackface}} and [[BlackComedy 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 ''[[{{WebVideo/REACT}} YouTubers React]] ''series, as he's usually the one that seems unimpressed, being TheStoic, 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 WebVideo/IHateEverything proved that his segment had stolen one of his jokes added fuel to the fire.
* NightmareFuel: Some of his BlackComedy videos can boarder on this.
** His "Blank Space" parody is full of this. Even though this is PlayedForLaughs, it's still pretty disturbing and nightmare-inducing.
* PlotTumor: 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 [[EpilepticTrees conspiracy theory]] videos.
* ShallowParody: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5liTryEjqyA His parody]] of ''Film/{{Unfriended}}'', in which the main joke is that the kids are TooDumbToLive 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 [[BigBad Laura]] is manipulating the characters' computers so that they ''can't'' disconnect -- and when they try to do so, [[spoiler: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 ''[[Film/{{Smiley}} own internet based movie]]''.
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