Comedian Nicole Arbour is under fire after posting a video to her Facebook and YouTube accounts that takes shots at obese people and the idea of fat-shaming.
The video, titled "Dear Fat People," was viewed more than 18 million times since being uploaded last week. In the video, Arbour claims fat-shaming isn't real. "Fat people made that up," Arbour says "That's the race card, with no race."
Arbour was immediately criticized for her jokes and was temporarily locked out of her YouTube account. Whitney Way Thore, the star of the TLC show My Big Fat Fabulous Life and the founder of the No Body Shame campaign, even posted a video on response on Facebook. "Fat-shaming is a thing; it's a really big thing, no pun intended," she said. "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."
But Arbour is standing by her video. "Will I take what strangers on the internet say about me personally? No," she told BuzzFeed. "Because what they are saying is a ridiculous outrage to a comedy video that has a bit too much truth in the jokes for their personal taste." However, she did add, "I never intended for kids to be watching it and I'm sorry if any kids who didn't understand that I'm a comedian were shocked or upset."
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