"Dear Fat People" has been a viral hit — but it's not helping Nicole Arbour land any jobs.
The aspiring YouTuber was in talks to do choreography for Don't Talk to Irene, a dance movie about teenagers and body positivity. Unsurprisingly, after seeing "Dear Fat People," the director decided against hiring her for it.
Director Pat Mills released a statement to Zap2It explaining what happened. He said they met with her to discuss choreography for the movie, and she seemed "fun and nice (with) a lot of energy" and was a "perfect fit" for the project. Then he saw her YouTube video.
"I saw something on the Internet that made me never want to see her again," Mills explained. He said her attempt at humor "is an unfunny and cruel fat-shaming video that guises itself about being about 'health'."
Incidentally, Don't Talk to Irene is about the same subject: "It's about a 16-year-old girl who dreams of being a cheerleader, but she is constantly bullied for being fat. She learns that she doesn't have to change anything about herself to be awesome because she already is."
Hmm, that certainly sounds like a positive message for teenage girls. But have you tried telling them they're disgusting fatties and making fun of them for being overweight? (We kid, we kid. Unlike Arbour, we know fat-shaming is scientifically proven to not work.)
Arbour, for her part, tweeted on Thursday that she had no involvement in any film.
I'm not currently, nor have I been attached to any feature films as of late. 😉 #gossip— Nicole Arbour (@NicoleArbour) September 10, 2015
In an article in Time, she repeatedly claims the video is "satire" and she won't be apologizing for it any time soon. (JFYI: The word "satire" implies you're using irony or sarcasm to make your point. It is unclear what part of the video is satirizing anything. If it were satire, she'd be making fun of fat-shamers, as opposed to parroting them.)
Maybe her next video should be called "Dear Unemployed People."
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