*Nicole Arbour, the YouTube personality whose “Dear Fat People” video sparked a mountain of backlash, has been fired from an upcoming film she was slated to work on.
Arbour rails against overweight people in her 6-minute rant, declaring fat shaming is not a thing (“Fat people made that up. That’s the race card, with no race.”), and that she’d rather not sit next to them on airplanes. (“If we offend you so much that you lose weight, I’m OK with that. I’ll sleep at night.”)
But she holds a special place in her heart for a certain type of overweight woman.
“Big sassy black women in church dresses are my favorite thing in the world. But I’m really selfish and I want to keep you around,” she said. “I have no idea the correlation between high notes and calorie intake, but I’m not going to question it.”
Arbour, whose resume includes work with the Toronto Argonauts cheerleaders, had apparently been confirmed as choreographer for an anti-bullying dance film called “Don’t Talk to Irene.” However, director Pat Mills apparently saw Arbour’s video, which, in his words, “made me never want to see her again.”
“I was supposed to get together with her this week for what she called a ‘chore party’ to watch my favorite dance scenes and talk ideas,” Mills told Zap2It. But after seeing the video, he changed his mind.
“‘Dear Fat People’ is an unfunny and cruel fat-shaming video that guises itself about being about ‘health,’ ” Mills said. “It’s fat-phobic and awful. It went on for over six minutes. I felt like I had been punched in the gut.
But the comedian is denying she ever had anything to do with “Don’t Talk to Irene” in the first place, tweeting, “I’m not currently, nor have I been attached to any feature films as of late,” followed by a winking emoji and the hashtag #gossip.
Arbour has refused to apologize for the video, telling TIME, “I feel it’s really important that we make fun of everybody. I think [what] brings us together and unites us as people is that we can poke fun at all of us.”
Meanwhile, Chrissy Teigen is one of many celebs who have spoken out against Arbour’s “Dear Fat People,” arguing that fat shaming IS a thing. Watch below:
Also, plus-sized African American comedienne Erica Watson clapped back in a piece for the Huffington Post. Read here.