Fat shaming furore
In her original video, comedian Nicole Arbour pits herself against overweight Americans, declaring "fat shaming is not a thing."PT0M41S 620 349
Canadian comedian Nicole Arbour has received widespread criticism and was suspended from YouTube after she posted a video criticising fat people.
In the rant, titled 'Dear Fat People', she claims fat-shaming is "not a thing" before, ironically, attacking fat people for the next six minutes.
"Are you going to tell the doctor they're being mean and fat-shaming you when you have f--king heart disease?"
Comedian and singer Nicole Arbour.
She then decides fat-shaming is "brilliant" if it's used to "shame people who have bad habits until they f--king stop," she said. "If we offend you so much that you lose weight, I'm OK with that."
She also takes aim at #bodypositivity, saying "if you want to be positive to your body, workout and eat well".
Oh and she's also not afraid of racist tropes: "Big sassy black women in are my favourite thing in the world".
Soon after the video was posted, as the backlash was mounting, Arbour claims her YouTube channel was shut shut down.
Her account has since been reinstated but the criticism has continued.
@NicoleArbour is an obnoxious, unfunny, wannabe jenna marbles :|— rachbear (@rachbaer) September 7, 2015
Feel free to have your own opinion, but most of what you said in that video was completely incorrect and disrespectful @NicoleArbour— Faie (@faie_fb) September 7, 2015
Don't let Nicole Arbour offend you. Pity her. She seeks attention at the expense of others and that is so, so incredibly sad.— Kimmi きみ (@KimmiSmiles) September 7, 2015
Whitney Way Thore from TV show My Big Fat Fabulous Life posted a response video, busting the myths peddled by Arbour.
Thore has polycystic ovarian syndrome and says "you can't tell a person's health, physical or otherwise, from looking at them".
"You don't know whether that person has a medical condition that causes 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."