The engagement between YouTube bloggers Shane Dawson and Ryland Adams has been marked by speculations that the proposal was a publicity stunt amid Dawson’s “sex cat controversy”. Dawson posted the news about the happy moment just two days after dispelling the allegations, prompted by an old podcast, that he might have molested his pet.
The timing of the announcement seemed strange to some commenters who broke into a flow of congratulations to share their doubts and confusion as well as to accuse the blogger of conspiring to divert public attention from the “cat scandal”.
imagine being shane dawson’s fiance like he just proposed to you to distract from the fact he came on his cat— dr pepper is a woman (@asbestosplug) March 21, 2019
Am I the only one that feels like Shane Dawson just got "engaged" to get us to forget that he allegedly fucked a cat?— Connor McCausland (@Redd_102) March 21, 2019
Shane Dawson gets accused of fucking his cat and two days later he’s engaged. I smell a distraction…
— Spaghetti Slug (@Chipdip92) March 21, 2019
Shane Dawson really got engaged yesterday in hopes people would forget the fact that he fucked his cat LMAO— Andy Uzumaki (@imadumbfucckk) March 21, 2019
i literally don't have an opinion about the shane dawson stuff but i really Cannot Believe that he proposed to his boyfriend 2 days after being very publicly accused of having sex with his cat asjladksjfkldajfasdf— Erin Walsh (@truerisms) March 21, 2019
shane dawson went from “i did not have sex with my cat” to “im engaged” in like.3 seconds— Gi (@gicappy) March 20, 2019
Even if their suspicions were true, the plot did not appear to go to plan as many were not ready to leave the cat story behind and reacted to the news with more cat memes.
Poor cat getting sidelined and forgotten. Imagine how he/she must feel about this.— yamamarider (@Josh_yamarider) March 20, 2019
After persisting rumours based on a podcast made in 2015, where he said that once he "came all over [his] cat" started to spread, Dawson caused a Twitterquake with a series of posts where he tried to debunk the allegations. He claimed that the story was "a dumb awful sketch idea" that he used as a joke in the podcast, but which was entirely untrue.
i didnt fuck my cat. i didnt cum on my cat. i didnt put my dick anywhere near my cat. Ive never done anything weird with my cats. I promised myself i wasnt going to make apology videos after last years thing so im just trying to be as short and honest with this as possible. (1/?)— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) March 18, 2019
However, many seemed unconvinced and continued to explicitly suggest that he has a sexual interest in his furry pets, flooding Twitter with all kinds of “naughty” cat memes.