If you’ve been avidly following Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star‘s documentary series like I have, you may have noticed there hasn’t been any reference made about the James Charles/Tati Westbrook scandal so far, despite the drama being a prominent feature in the series’ trailer. Well, it turns out this was a last-minute decision by Dawson.
He recently took to IG live to explain his reasoning behind removing James Charles from the series.
“I have a whole Dramageddon episode edited,” he said. “It’s an hour and a half long… It’s fucking insane, it’s crazy, whatever, right? I don’t think it makes anybody look… Like, I didn’t wanna hurt anyone… There’s no crazy new information… it’s just kind of me in the world and, like, seeing what happens and everyone kind of fucking up and learning from it and moving on.”
Dawson explained that he showed Charles the episode, and that Charles felt apprehensive about the footage. Additionally, Dawson felt like the series had since developed a really positive, empowering tone and that rehashing old YouTube drama now felt necessary.
“I don’t want to leave people feeling weird… because I feel weird. I should have never put the drama in the trailer. I should have never done that… but I did it ’cause I thought that’s what the series was.”
Dawson later added that he believed the last video in the series felt like a natural conclusion to the series, despite having enough footage to release 10 more episodes.
“That last video felt like the end… It felt like a finale to me. I feel like that last video is my favourite video I’ve ever made in my whole life… Nothing feels as meaningful as that last episode did, when I was crying in the factory. That to me was the best moment of my whole life.”
Check out the full IG live below, if you have a casual 40 minutes to spare. To be honest, it’s perfect viewing for a hungover, Sunday mood. Get the popcorn ready and the kettle boiling – tea’s about to be poured.Image: YouTube / Shane Dawson