Dear Fat People

Dear Fat People

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Updated Sep 11, 2015 at 04:51PM EDT by Don.

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Dear Fat People is a monologue video featuring Nicole Arbour in which the Canadian comedian / vlogger openly criticizes the fat acceptance movement for promoting unhealthy lifestyles and widespread stigma against the phenomenon of fat shaming. Following its YouTube release in September 2015, the video was hotly debated online between those who found her opinions offensive and those who defended it as a work of comedy.


On September 3rd, 2015, YouTuber Nicole Arbour posted a video titled "Dear Fat People," in which she delivers a monologue about the American obesity epidemic littered with jokes about fat acceptance and body shaming. Within one week, the video gained over 1.3 million views.


The following day, Arbour reposted the vlog to her official Facebook[1] page, where it garnered upwards of 20 million views, 194,000 likes, 133,000 shares and 63,000 comments. On September 5th, Vlogger WhitneyWayThore posted a video response which accused Arbour of promoting prejudicial views about fat people (shown below, left). Meanwhile, YouTuber boogie2988 posted a video arguing that fat shaming does more harm than good and noting that overweight people often struggle with mental health and self esteem issues (shown below, right).

That day, YouTube disabled Arbour's channel for violating the site's terms and conditions. On September 6th, Arbour tweeted a screenshot of her disabled YouTube page with the caption "We broke the Internet… With comedy. #censorship." Additionally, Arbour tweeted that she was the first comedian to be censored by YouTube (shown below).[2]

Nicole Arbour @NicoleArbour Sep 6 We literally broke the Internet.. With comedy·#censorship This page isn't available. Sorry about that. Try searching for something else. t3 137 ★483 Nicole Arbour @NicoleArbour Follow Wow, I'm the first comedian in the history of @You I ube to be #censored I here are graphic videos about murder and torture, but satire is □ RETWEETS FAVORITES n,s ,0 369 940 3:26 PM-6 Sep 2015 わ£7 .

The same day, YouTuber skagg 3 posted a defense of "Dear Fat People" video, which criticized those who demanded Arbour's removal from YouTube (shown below, left). Meanwhile, YouTuber Philip DeFranco posted a response video, in which he agreed with many of Arbour's points but accused her of expressing her views "like an asshole" (shown below, right).

On September 7th, YouTuber Shane Dawson posted a tweet about the video, which mocked Arbour's hair color (shown below).[7]

CShane Dawson FolloW @shanedawson after watching "dear fat people" ive decided to make a video called "dear people who are too old to be using hair chalk" 2:53 AM -7 Sep 2015 2,787 ★ 8,805

In the coming days, several news sites reported on the online backlash to the video, including UpRoxx,[8] CNN,[3] E! Online,[4] The Guardian,[9] Salon,[10] Cosmopolitan,[11] USA Today,[12] The Blaze[13] and BuzzFeed.[14]

On September 10th, Time[16] published an interview with Arbour, in which she refused to apologize for the video and defended it as a work of comedy and scoffed at those who found it offensive:

“I find seeing someone’s head being blown off offensive. I find children starving in a country with more than enough food offensive. I find women’s bodies being mutilated for religious purposes, that is offensive to me. But words and satire I don’t find offensive.”

Don't Talk to Irene Firing

On September 10th, 2015, the television news blog Zap2it[15] published a statement from film director Pat Mills, who announced he had fired Arbour as a choreographer for his upcoming film Don't Talk to Irene. In the statement, Mills revealed that the film is about a teenage girl who is "bullied for being fat" and described "Dear Fat People" as a "cruel fat-shaming video that guises itself about being about health." That day, several news sites reported about the firing, including E! Online,[17] People,[18] US Magazine[19] and The Daily Mail.[20]

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