Comedian Nicole Arbour criticized for fat-shaming after ‘Dear Fat People’ video

8 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘You are killing yourself’: Female comedian posts scathing YouTube rant about why ‘obese people’ deserve to be ‘shamed’ for their ‘bad habits and overeating’.

Comedian Nicole Arbour is being criticized for a video she posted to her YouTube and Facebook accounts entitled “Dear Fat People” that includes jokes about obesity and claims that fat-shaming is “not a thing.” “Fat people made that up,” Arbour says about fat-shaming in the video, which has amassed 18 million views on Facebook since it was uploaded there last week. “That’s the race card, with no race.” In the wake of posting the video, Arbour – who begins the clip by calling out viewers who “are already mad” at what she has to say – was locked out of YouTube and slammed for her insensitive jokes. (Her YouTube account has since been reinstated.) “Fat-shaming is a thing; it’s a really big thing, no pun intended,” Whitney Way Thore, who stars on the TLC show My Big Fat Fabulous Life and started the No Body Shame campaign said in a video response to Arbour. “It is the really nasty spawn of a larger parent problem called body-shaming, which I’m fairly certain everyone on the planet, especially women, has experienced.” WHAT I WANT TO SAY TO FAT PEOPLE —> #DearFatPeople This is my response to Nicole Arbour’s video (& all body shamers!) S2 of #MyBigFatFabLife premiers Wed. 9/9 at 9 on TLC! #NoBodyShame Other YouTube personalities, including Grace Helbig, also commented on Arbour’s remarks. “She’s a comedian, and she’s sending a message to fat people to stop being fat,” Helbig said her emotional response video about Arbour. “And she goes into these really mean ways of explaining it. […] Nicole, I don’t know you at all. You might remember Nicole Arbour from her mildly offensive video earlier this year called Dear Instagram Models, in which she criticises women who post suggestive photos on the internet, despite her own Instagram account being full of pretty much the same thing.A female comedian, who has come under fire for her controversial video shaming ‘fat people’, claims the explosive clip got her YouTube page temporarily disabled as many social media stars speak out against her harsh words. Well, apparently Ms Arbour wasn’t content with just slut shaming anyone who’s posted a bikini pic, she’s determined to offend another demographic with her irritatingly chirpy insults, and this time she’s taking aim at obese people. On September 6, 2015, the YouTube vlogger and self-proclaimed “Comedian, Recording Artist, Motivator, and emoji lover” had her channel temporarily shut down and all her videos removed after posting a controversial clip about obesity in America.

Arbour, who has also received support from some viewers for the video, said the problem arose because a “particular group wants to be immune to satire, while laughing at everyone else.” She added: “We all need to relax, laugh at everyone, and learn to turn off something we don’t like, not try and wipe its existence.” Her video, Dear Fat People, has 17 million views, more than 175,000 likes and 199,000 shares on Facebook, despite racking up thousands of outraged comments from fat and thin people alike. Nicole, being a pinnacle of knowledge on every minority group, goes on to explain that there is a race card, a disability card and a gay card that’s “covered in glitter”. In the YouTube community, where acceptance has flourished and users are prompted to share their own stories (including the high-profile, celebrity-driven “It Gets Better” campaign), the video’s backlash was not unexpected. She retells her experiences dealing with “The Fat Family” that annoyed her recently at an airport and mentions that the term “plus-size” stands for heart disease, knee problems, diabetes and your family and friends crying because they needed a Coke with fries.

Take a look: Arbour asserts towards the tail-end of the video that she’s expressing these polarizing points of view because she believes they’re what overweight individuals need to hear. “The truth is I will actually love you no matter what,” Arbour says. “But I really, really hope this bomb of truth exploding into your face will act as shrapnel that seeps into your soul, makes you want to be healthier so that we can enjoy you as human beings longer on this planet.” Not everyone who viewed the video agreed. She continues: “If there’s people watching this who have a specific health condition, this is not aimed at you!” And if you’re already feeling a little uncomfortable, pinching your own gut and wondering if you’re a “fat” person, you’ve already fulfilled her wildest dreams.

She addresses Nicole directly, saying: “The problem with you prefacing the video this way is that the next time you see a fat person, you don’t know if that person has a medical condition that caused them to gain weight. Maybe I am jealous that you get to eat whatever you want.’ ‘Obesity is a disease?’ she asks. ‘Yeah, so is being a shopaholic – but I don’t get a f***king parking pass.

She received an influx of positive and negative responses to the clip on other social media outlets and shared tweets from several self-described obese viewers thanking her for her honesty and expressing their agreement with her video. I have had issues with body image in the past.” Another famous face making a stand against Nicole is the plus-sized winner of America’s Next Top Model, Whitney Thompson, who also hit back at Nicole in her own video response. Nicole remembers that when she sat down in her aisle seat, she was asked if she could move for a disabled person – who ended up being the son from the ‘fat family’.

Google’s online video site restored Arbour’s content, though, and as of this writing the channel seems to be gaining back all its videos in a kind of piecemeal process. Arbour left the comment thread open on her Most Offensive Video EVER, and despite the 37,000+ dislikes and seemingly disproportionate amount of unhappy viewers (you can see a screenshot of a few comments below), the channel is picking up subscribers at a very fast rate. You cannot tell a person’s health, physical or otherwise from looking at them.” • Thore: “Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, these are illnesses that affect millions of people worldwide from skinny to fat and everything in between.” Shortly after Thore posted her response, many tens of thousands rallied around her to show their support though some continued criticizing her and even encouraged her to “kill herself.” Arbour claims her YouTube account was suspended over the video, though it appears to be live again as of Monday afternoon.

Which really bums me out,’ she says. ‘I just consider you kind of mean.’ And Tony Posnanski, from Orlando, Florida, wrote about about how he was the ‘fat kid sitting next to Nicole Arbour’ on the flight she referenced in her video. ‘The truth is you humiliated me by yelling and screaming about my weight,’ he wrote to Nicole. ‘You made a mockery of a little boy for being different than you. Said Tonjes: “For every person that’s gonna leave a comment on that video saying, ‘I watched this and it changed my life and it made me go to the gym and take my life in my own hands and my health,’ I promise you there’s 5 more people that are, like, sinking a little bit more into themselves and feel worthless watching something like that.”

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