It’s all gone wrong for Nicole Arbour, poor girl. Well, not poor girl, we’re sure she’s made plenty over the years off her YouTube account but you may have heard recently, she’s in a spot of bother.
The Canadian comedian and actress posted a video called ‘Dear Fat People’ on YouTube in which she tried to make funnies to convince people that prefer a bit of cake to a bit of fruit (and there’s nothing wrong with that) to lose weight. Ambitious but with sensitivity the way it is these days, it was always going to attract controversy.
Fellow YouTuber Meghan Tonjes said it was ‘fat shaming’ and YouTube soon took the video down. Nicole herself said it was ‘censorship’.
While some have rallied round her and believe freedom of speech has been impeded, others have said her words were completely out of order.
One person who was particularly offended was the director of the movie she was set to work on. Here’s what Pat Mills had to say about the whole thing…
I’m making a dance movie, so obviously we needed a choreographer. We met with a woman who not only did traditional dance choreography but was a cheerleader as well. She was fun and nice and had a lot of energy. Arbour told me she had a YouTube channel and identified as a ‘YouTuber’. She seemed like a perfect fit for the project. I shared the script with her. She said she dug it and was excited to come on board. I was supposed to get together with her this week for what she called a ‘choreo party’ to watch my favourite dance scenes and talk ideas. And then a crazy thing happened on Saturday – I saw something on the Internet that made me never want to see her again.
Apparently, the movie Nicole was set to work on has entirely opposing themes to her YouTube video.
It’s a body-positive teen dance movie set in a retirement home. It’s about a 16-year-old 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.
Sounds a bit cheesy, but each to their own. How many movies have I written and directed, right? Anyway, apparently Arbour’s controversial video really hit home with the director.
I’m gay. I was bullied a lot as a kid. ‘Dear Fat People’ is an unfunny and cruel fat-shaming video that guises itself about being about ‘health’. It’s fat phobic and awful. It went on for over six minutes. I felt like I had been punched in the guy. I was so upset. Bullies like Nicole Arbour are the reason I am making this movie. I’m tired of body shaming. It’s everywhere.
Sacked from her job and an enemy in the movie industry…
Nicole: Did you even read my script? It is a body positive teen movie. It has am essage that is in direct opposition to your cruel and lame YouTube rant. We will not be working together. You are not hired.
Three million views on her video and a sh*tload of publicity. Think she cares? Probably not that much.