Nicole Arbour Fat Shaming Video ‘Dear Fat People’ Made Popular By Youtube Ban

Whether the video was meant to be ironic or whether it was meant to shame fat people, the Nicole Arbour video has become a trending hashtag — #nicolearbour — on Twitter and a top trend on Google. Why is a video by a previously marginal comedian becoming so talked about? Responses to the video on YouTube have been overwhelming. First aired on Facebook and receiving over 20 million hits, the YouTube version is climbing and another copy of the original uploaded by another YouTube account is gaining as well. Responses are lighting YouTube on fire with “fat shaming” search results full of Nicole’s face; she is now, officially, the poster child of fat-shaming critics.

Dear Fat People Youtube Search.

The video is one of many rant/comedy videos on the Internet about “fat people.” The arguments in these videos is the same in most cases. Fat people should not be happy with themselves or their bodies, so they should stop making excuses, stop eating, and start exercising. The people behind these videos claim to be happy if their rants cause some people to make positive changes.

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I liked a @YouTube video from @5kinnydisco Ricky Gervais – Fat People — LF1 (@loveforce1) September 8, 2015

Nicole Arbour claims the video was satire — this would be in step with the idea of comedy — and has assertively responded to her critics. When she was first banned by YouTube, the comedian tweeted that she was censored. Nicole later claimed the issue wasn’t her comedy, but her gender, as male comedians do it without the media explosion of controversy.

“The reason there’s an issue is because I don’t “look” like a traditional comedian. If I were a guy, people would have lol’d n moved on.”

Her banning appeared to be a political decision on behalf of YouTube due to the backlash, despite other videos on YouTube making similar “fat shaming” remarks/jokes. The “backlash” consisted of stories of how fat shaming has made the situation worse for those suffering obesity and eating disorders related to weight gain. Research confirms that shaming — or the act of expressing negativity to a person about their disorder — increases depression and the probability of suicide.

Moreover, it now costs the U.S. Health Care industry $190 billion annually — more so than smoking-related treatment — to treat obese people for the conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, associated with being overweight. Notwithstanding political correctness, some have made it their own duty through “comedy,” “satire,” “plain speaking” — call it what you want — to place the onus on the individuals themselves to make change and for society not to accept overweight as normal.

The real winner, however, is Nicole Arbour herself, whose new found infamy will no doubt boost her profile. And being a comedian, she can always stand behind the fact that her video caused a flurry of discussion and awareness of an important topic.

Original Dear Fat People Video By Nicole Arbour:

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