“Dear Fat People” begins the YouTube open letter by Nicole Arbour that aims to joke about obese individuals. But now, Nicole’s video commentary has resulted in Arbour’s firing, reported Entertainment Tonight.
In “Dear Fat People,” Nicole denies that fat-shaming even exists. Arbour used what she thought were funny gibes to persuade obese people to shed pounds. But after watching her six-minute-long attempt to make fun of those who are overweight, many responded with what has become an ongoing backlash battle of the bulge.
And now, in response to that “Dear Fat People” video, Director Pat Mills fired Nicole.
Arbour had been hired to work on Mills’ Don’t Talk To Irene anti-bullying dance film, and she was set to be the choreographer.
“[I’m making] a dance movie, so obviously we needed a choreographer. We met with a woman who not only did traditional dance choreography, but was a cheerleader as well. She was fun and nice and had a lot of energy,” explained Pat.
Mills revealed that prior to being aware of the “Dear Fat People” video, he knew only that Nicole had a YouTube channel. Arbour appeared to be a good match and he showed her the script.
“She said she dug it and was excited to come on board,” added Pat about Nicole.
Then Arbour’s “Dear Fat People” video came to light, and Mills promptly vowed never to see the comedian again.
“‘Dear Fat People’ is an unfunny and cruel fat-shaming video that guises itself about being about ‘health.’ It’s fat-phobic and awful. It went on for over six minutes. I felt like I had been punched in the gut. I’m gay. I was bullied a lot as a kid. I am no stranger to ridicule and loneliness.”
But although Mills says he fired Nicole, Arbour denies she was associated with Don’t Talk to Irene.
“I’m not currently, nor have I been attached to any feature films as of late,” tweeted the “Dear Fat People” creator.
Offering up her views on Nicole’s fat-shaming video, reality TV star Whitney Way Thore, of TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life challenged Arbour’s statements, reported People.
As the Inquisitr reported, Whitney’s show was renewed for a second season after My Big Fat Fabulous Life touched viewers with her wit and wisdom. Thore began her journey to fame by posting a video that went viral, called “Fat Girl Dancing.”
Thore’s show takes on everything from what it’s really like to be, in her words, “fat,” including the cruel reactions that she sometimes gets, to the challenges of losing weight with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). But it also shows the exuberant joy that she finds in life and her desire to help others find happiness and self-confidence at any weight.
In response to “Dear Fat People,” Thore created a video that tackled each of Nicole’s fat-shaming remarks. Whitney also has attempted to change how people regard body shape and size with her “No Body Shame” campaign.
Arbour denies that fat-shaming exists in her “Dear Fat People” video.
“Fat-shaming is not a thing. Fat people made that up. That’s a race card with no race. ‘Yeah but I couldn’t fit to a store, that’s discrimination.’ Um, no, that means you’re too fat, you should stop eating,” says Nicole.
Whitney responded by stating that fat-shaming is real.
“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,” said the reality TV star.
In addition, Arbour said that her video was not directed to those with health concerns, and Thore pointed out that because all health conditions are not visible, it’s impossible to always know what has contributed to an individual’s weight.
“I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, while PCOS is not the only reason I turned from 130-lb. 18-year-old to an over 300-lb. woman. Right now, it is a really big contributing factor. So I’m so glad you’re not talking about me, except you are talking about me because you can’t see a person’s health from looking at them. 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. You don’t know if their mother just died. You don’t know if they’re depressed or suicidal or if they just lost 100 pounds. You don’t know.”
What do you think of the “Dear Fat People” video by Nicole Arbour? Do you agree with the YouTuber or Whitney Thore? Post your comments below.
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