Shane Dawson Had The Perfect Response To This Fan's Struggle With Homophobia
8 September 2017, 13:29 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:42
After someone accused a fan of turning gay from watching Shane Dawson videos, the YouTube star stepped in to offer some important insight.
So let's get one thing out of the way really quick: Watching LGBTQ+ YouTubers won't make you gay. Sure, sometimes maybe they might encourage you to better understand things about your gender or sexuality; but if that's the case, chances are that was going to happen eventually. So when a Shane Dawson fan was told by someone close to them that his videos were "Satan's way" of converting them, they weren't having it.
This fan wrote a Twitter thread about their relationship with God, sexuality and Shane Dawson.
Paige, or @danhowll, shared how they believe that discovering Shane's videos was God's way of helping them with their struggles in high school, after someone accused him of making them gay.
someone's telling me that shane is making me gay im-— pinned (@danhowIl) September 7, 2017
"I 100% believe that God put Shane in my life for a reason because there is NO WAY Shane came into my life on accident," writes Paige. "He has done something in my life that i didn't think could be possible."
"[This person] told me that 'God could've been that person.' But the thing is I firmly believe that this was God's way of working in my life."
After the thread gained traction, Shane responded - and dropped a bombshell.
"When I was a kid our homophobic church leader said shit like this to me," he revealed. "Years later he got caught cheating on his wife with a man."
When i was a kid our homophobic church leader said shit like this to me. years later he got caught cheating on his wife with a man. https://t.co/NwwDSs6oxJ— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) September 7, 2017
"Anytime some tells you 'that's gonna turn you gay!' just know they are dealing with their own issues and projecting them on you," he adds.
It's not always the case that homophobia is down to internalised issues; but Shane agrees that sexuality is "on a spectrum" and that "the more we normalise the theory, the easier it will be."
Check out the full moment of Tweets below.
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