YouTube Star Nicole Arbour Says She Doesn’t “Believe in Bullying,” Defends Fat …

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Comedian who claimed obese people ‘deserve to be shamed’ in nasty YouTube rant is FIRED from her film job by directorNicole Arbour, the YouTube personality whose “Dear Fat People” video sparked a massive online backlash, has been fired from an upcoming film she was working on. When leaving her Manhattan apartment on Thursday, Chrissy Teigen seemed ready to headbang in head-to-toe black that included a leather motorcycle jacket, ripped jeans and boots with chains on them. Arbour, whose CV includes work with the Toronto Argonauts cheerleaders, had apparently been confirmed as choreographer for an anti-bullying dance film called Don’t Talk to Irene.

That same day the 29-year-model hit a serious note when she spoke out against the fat-shaming tactics used by YouTube personality Nicole Arbour to People Now. ‘We’ve just given her this platform to feel like her opinion does matter, and so no matter if we’re talking negatively about it or positively, she’s winning,’ Teigen said. However, director Pat Mills apparently saw Arbour’s video, which, in his words, “made me never want to see her again.” “I was supposed to get together with her this week for what she called a ‘chore party’ to watch my favorite dance scenes and talk ideas,” Mills told Zap2It. The director of her upcoming project, Pat Mills, also didn’t find much humor in it. “[I’m making] a dance movie, so obviously we needed a choreographer. She learns that she doesn’t have to change anything about herself to be awesome because she already is.” And Mills said Arbour’s video hit him in a personal way. “I’m gay. Whitney Thore, whose response to Arbour’s video was widely passed around, told PEOPLE exclusively, “All I have to say about this is that this movie sounds awesome and promotes such a necessary message that aligns perfectly with my No Body Shame campaign.” “As a dancer myself, I began professionally choreographing at age 16 – being involved with a project like this sounds like a dream.

I was bullied a lot as a kid,” he added. “I am no stranger to ridicule and loneliness.” “[‘Dear Fat People’] is an unfunny and cruel fat-shaming video that guises itself about being about ‘health’,” Mills said. “It’s fat phobic and awful. She was fun and nice and had a lot of energy,” Mills explained to Zap2it on Thursday, Sept. 10. “[Arbour told me she] had a YouTube channel and identified as a ‘YouTuber.’ She seemed like a perfect fit for the project. Best of luck to everyone involved and if you need an extra set of hands (or feet), let me know!” Arbour has refused to apologize for the video, telling TIME, “I feel it’s really important that we make fun of everybody. Thursday evening, she tweeted, “I’m not currently, nor have I been attached to any feature films as of late,” followed by a winking emoji and the hashtag #gossip. Pat’s movie follows the story of a young teenager with dreams to become a cheerleader who is bullied for being overweight, but eventually comes to accept herself.

I was so upset I was shaking like Shelley DuVall in the ‘The Shining’.” Mills concluded his statement by addressing Arbour directly: “Nicole: Did you even read my script? That’s being positive to your body,’ she says. ‘If you really think enough of you hashtag something bad for you, it makes it okay? ‘They forgot to tell you that plus-size stands for plus heart disease, plus knee problems, plus diabetes, plus your family and friends crying that they lost you too soon because you needed to have a Coke plus fries.’ Towards the end of the clip, Nicole recalls how she was waiting in an extremely long line at the airport when an obese family she referred to as ‘TLC special fat’ were allowed to go to the front because their ‘knees hurt too much’ to stand.

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’. According to CNN, Nicole’s video had gotten a half a million views before she received an email from Google, YouTube’s owner, saying she was violating its terms before her entire YouTube channel was temporarily shut down over the weekend. ‘If you want to know what I think about a certain video going around: NOTHING,’ she wrote. ‘I refuse to watch clickbait like that. Plus, a life well lived is the best revenge.’ My Big Fat Fabulous Life star Whitney Thore, 30, recorded her own video as a response to Nicole’s words, arguing in the clip that fat shaming is real and needs to be stopped. ‘The problem with you prefacing your video this way is that the next time you see a fat person, you don’t know whether that person has a medical condition that caused them to gain weight,’ she adds. ‘It looks like you’re using a controversial personal subject to leverage subscribers and attention in a really negative way. 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.

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