Shane Dawson: Oprah of Youtube

Updated on December 1, 2018

For those who don’t know, Jake Paul is a 21-year-old YouTuber who is the leader and creator of a group called Team 10. To cut a long story short, it’s a mess and shrouded in controversy and he is hated by the majority of the internet over the age of 16. In his video, Shane profiles this young, rich boy who leaped to fame very quickly and fell into the LA lifestyle.

The 8-part docuseries followed on from the vastly popular one profiling Jeffree Star and the announcement was faced with immediate backlash. But it was actually a smart idea, taking the younger brother of Logan Paul – the much more famous and just as bad, if not worst of the two siblings – and focus on how Jake Paul essentially lives in his shadow, always trying to compete for fame and views. Shane Dawson dives into his past and family and see where his issues stem from.

Where Shane Dawson’s docuseries becomes problematic is that Jake doesn’t make an appearance until the fourth instalment, and while he wasn’t present, he was being labelled a ‘sociopath’ and had no way to defend himself. Another major flaw was having a therapist analyse Jake without meeting him in person, as well, she dehumanised mental illness and played on the stigma surrounding mental illness by not explaining what the term even means. It’s also worth mentioning that she is not a mental health specialist, instead she works on family issues, and her inability to properly talk about mental illness is very dangerous in perpetuating the misinformation surrounding mental illness.

When Jake did arrive into the picture, it became a lot more interesting, the Team 10 house was put on full display, and it became apparent why he worked so hard. As many as 100 people were living in there producing videos every single day, and if he stopped they would too. Jake Paul becomes a much more sympathetic figure, which is painful to admit. Shane Dawson presents a very different profile to the one that is seen in all the negative press.

One big reason he becomes more likeable is through his current girlfriend, Erika Costell. Shane Dawson explores her positive impact on Jake. Her interview clarified a lot about Jake, his mental state and emotional trauma that clearly didn’t add up to being a ‘sociopath’, but someone who struggled with his family and upbringing.

The response to the finale of the series is laughable. Cancel culture crept right back up on us with #ShaneDawsonIsCancelled, and that might be partly due to the fact that people were mad they had been made to feel empathetic towards Jake Paul – which they didn’t want to feel or admit. They were probably the people who had spouted hate when he announced the series in the first place and then become angered that Shane had showed them someone different to what they thought they knew. But that is the purpose of what Shane does, he shows the world the real person behind the camera, he removes the smoke and mirrors and shows them in all their vulnerability, and he does it well. It was a great series that really opened people’s eyes. There were a few boring sections and some unanswered questions, but they were most likely left out due to respect. Overall, the series was enjoyable and insightful. Shane’s next endeavour will definitely be one to look out for.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)