A YouTubeer became the top Twitter trend on January 24 after reports emerged that he was thrown out of a Sundance party hosted by conservative firebrand Tomi Lahren. At the time of writing, the phrase “IStandWithShane” has been tweeted nearly 100,000 times. Lahren is not taking the accusation lying down. The Blaze host says that Shane Dawson is perpetuating fake news. In response to that, Dawson has begun deleting some of his original messages regarding the incident saying that he is feeling “overwhelmed.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Tomi Lahren Says She Has ‘Always Welcomed the LGBT Community to My Show’
Dawson had originally said that he was kicked out of the party for “holding hands” with his boyfriend. He then posted a video of the pair being ejected to his SnapChat page. You can see the clip above. Dawson can be heard saying:
Hey guys, these motherf***ers kicked us out because we are not straight. They f***ing broke my leg. And these f***ing a**holes are trying to arrest us…
Hey! Why don’t you guys say your f***ing names?” You kicked us out because we’re not straight. Why don’t you say your name? Why don’t you say your f***ing name?
The YouTuber then took to Twitter to unleash a tirade, blaming the party host, Tomi Lahren, for the ejection, according to Superfame. Dawson then deleted those messages, writing, “I’m sorry for deleting all of this. I’m overwhelmed and I need to process this. Love you guys. Please love each other.” During that rant, Dawson had accused security guards of breaking his leg.
Another YouTube star, Nicole Arbour, accused Dawson of being drunk at the party. Arbour wrote, “Or you got thrown out because you’re drunk, not military, and probably trying to start a fight with Tomi for a vlog.”
Lahren, not one to take accusations like this lying down wrote a lengthy Facebook post detailing her version of events:
Let’s talk about this fake news circulating tonight by Shane Dawson. I hosted an event called “Remind the Nation” at the Sundance Film Festival. The event showcased the amazing work of Zero Film Productions and The Veteran’s Project, among other veteran organizations.
It was a celebration of the service and sacrifice made by our veterans and active duty service members. I was taking photos after the film screening when two gentlemen approached me for a photo. I was happy to do it. I put my arms around them when all of the sudden they jumped in front on me and started kissing. They were not there to support the event. They were not there to take a photo with me.
They were there to instigate and make a spectacle to advance whatever political message they placed above common courtesy for our veteran event. These are the tricks of the Left. Designed to instigate and make a scene. It’s sad they choose to play the game and make a scene when I welcomed them to take a photo with me. Security escorted them out because they were causing a scene at our private event.
Go ahead and spread your fake news. It’s sad you stand on such flimsy moral ground you have to create a fake story for attention. Though you tried to detract from the night, you failed. The unloving and intolerant Left strikes again but whatever you were trying to do didn’t work.
The Left has become so desperate for validation they resort to instigation, planned stunts and outright lies to remain relevant and garner attention. Sad. Anyone who knows me knows I am a social moderate and have always welcomed the LGBT community to my show.
The dialogue has always been open to you as it is to anyone I may disagree with or differ from. It’s sad you didn’t take the opportunity to engage in a meaningful conversation but rather tried to disrupt and derail an event for veterans and service members. God bless our veterans and those who support and honor them. Those there know what happened. God knows what happened. If you had an ounce of dignity you wouldn’t drum up a fake story for attention.
Praying for you.
As the scandal continued to evolve, Lahren doubled down with a string of tweets directed at Dawson:
2. Dawson Was Attending the Party With His Boyfriend Ryland Adams
Dawson was attending the party with his long-term boyfriend, Ryland Adams. The YouTuber has been constantly updating his social media profiles with photos of the pair en route to and at the Sundance Film Festival.
Hyland is the host of online entertainment show ClevverTV. The couple has been together since October 2016 when Dawson first became public about his bisexuality. In an Instagram post, Dawson said:
As you guys know i've been pretty private about my personal life for the last couple years. But I also feel like i've been hiding such a huge part of my life recently and I don't want to do that anymore. So here it goes. This is Ryland. He's sweet, caring, and makes me so incredibly happy. He's also my boyfriend. He's been a really big part of my life and i'm so grateful that i met him. Don't worry, I don't want to exploit this or do "boyfriend tags" or any of that dumb shit. I just don't want to hide this part of my life especially since it makes me happy. Thank you guys for supporting me and for supporting the people in my life that I love. It means the world to me. ❤️
3. Variety Has Described Dawson as ‘Rewriting the Rules of Fame’
A 2014 feature in Variety on Dawson described him as “rewriting the rules of fame.” He described being discovered on YouTube saying:
YouTube opened up a lot of doors. It’s the best place to be discovered because it’s something that you personally have done, rather than (you) reading someone else’s words.
According to his IMDb page, Dawson is a native of Long Beach, California. In the trivia section, it reads, “He used to be overweight when in high school and was often bullied for it.”
I just wanted to make movies. I’d wanted to be a director since I was five, and had been making videos since I was a kid.
Then YouTube came around during high school. I was making videos and it was just a place to put them, like storage.
Dawson released his second memoir, It Gets Worse, in July 2016.
4. Tomi Lahren’s Party Theme Was ‘Remind the Nation’
A day before the Shane Dawson incident, Tomi Lahren promoted her party on Instagram. The theme and title of the event was Remind the Nation. She wrote on her page:
It’s time to Remind the Nation about the service and sacrifice of our active duty and veteran fighting force…
As our President Trump reminds us, if your heart is filled with patriotism there is no room for prejudice.
On the Remind the Nation Facebook page, it says the event was curated and produced by Jake Nold. That profile describes Remind the Nation as “Bringing America backing to its roots.”
5. The ‘IStandWithShane’ Message Has Been Picked Up by Celebrities
As news of the Dawson incident continues to be a trending topic, celebrities including Kathy Griffin have picked up on the buzz. Here are some of the most poignant and retweeted responses to the event: