YouTuber Joey Graceffa is coming under fire for old blackface videos with Shane Dawson

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Shane Dawson and Joey Graceffa.
Shane Dawson and Joey Graceffa.

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  • People are calling out YouTuber Joey Graceffa for an old clip in which he does Shane Dawson's makeup with a foundation shade significantly darker than his skin tone, putting him in blackface while Dawson makes racist jokes.

  • "Joey Graceffa" trended on Twitter Wednesday as people called on him to address the racist content of the video.

  • The videos in question are no longer available on either Dawson or Graceffa's channels.

  • Insider confirmed the authenticity of the videos and that they were both deleted in 2014.

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YouTuber Joey Graceffa is coming under fire today after a clip circulated on Twitter that depicts him doing Shane Dawson's makeup using a foundation notably much darker than Dawson's skin tone while Dawson makes racist jokes. "Joey Graceffa" was trending on Twitter in the United States on Wednesday morning as people shared the clip and called on Graceffa to speak about it

The clip contains racist jokes, stereotypes, and blackface. In the video, Graceffa holds up a bottle of foundation to the camera and remarks to Dawson, "It's a little darker than your skin tone."

"What part of this color did you think was not going to be racist?" Dawson later asks as Graceffa laughs. 

 

The clip resurfaced earlier in July as well, although it didn't draw the same scrutiny on Twitter at the time. The version circulating on social media bears the watermark of @wigsandtea, a YouTuber and celebrity drama account that posted the clip on Instagram on July 9. In addition to the clip itself, images are also circulating that appear to show Graceffa in blackface. 

 

Insider confirmed the authenticity of the videos, which were deleted from YouTube in 2014. The video in which Graceffa does Dawson's makeup appears to have been reuploaded in full on Dailymotion. In that video, the two say that they are doing the "my boyfriend does my makeup tag;" a 2013 tweet from Dawson also promotes a boyfriend makeup challenge collaboration with Graceffa, although the link in the tweet leads to a "video unavailable" error on YouTube.

Graceffa declined to comment and has not issued a public statement about the matter.

Shane Dawson has been the focal point of controversy over the past several weeks as people resurfaced his old, offensive content, including a video that appears to show him pretending to masturbate to a photo of then 11-year-old Willow Smith. The YouTuber posted a video on June 26 apologizing for his previous instances of blackface, use of the N-word, and pedophilia jokes; he also posted an apology in 2015 for doing blackface and previous offensive videos.  

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