If an opinion-giver ever says “I’m not saying this to be an asshole…” at any point during a speech, chances are they’re a jerk.
Case in point: comedian Nicole Arbour who has been the subject of scorn this weekend after posting a video titled, “Dear Fat People,” on September 4.
Nicole’s delivers over six minutes of highly offensive “bombs of truth,” meant to encourage overweight people to drop pounds because she wants to “keep them around” longer.
Presenting herself as one of our “ride-or dies,” Nicole serves up more insensitive lines than Ann Coulter could ever muster.
Since its release, the clip has banked over 21 million views on Facebook, catapulting her into a top trending topic. It even inspired a powerful smackdown by Whitney Way Thore of TLC’s “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” racking up over 13 million views on Facebook.
In addition, Nicole has snagged over one million clicks on YouTube, even after her channel was “taken down” and then reinstated.
Throughout the six minute clip, crass-and-catty cuts abound, but the most inflammatory moment happens at 0:35, when Nicole says that “fat shaming is not a thing.”
“Fat people made that up,” she follows. “It’s like the race card with no race.”
Other not-so-brilliant remarks include, “There are no f*cking skeletons that look like the Michelin Man,” and “Excessive black women in church dresses is my favorite thing in the world.”
Nicole’s mean comments have sparked the body-shaming video to explode online. In addition to high viewership numbers, it also prompted an onslaught of separate Nicole Arbour-slamming comments, tweets, and videos from people like YouTube star Grace Helbig.
“To me, it looks like you are using a controversial, and personal topic to leverage subscribers and attention in a really negative way which really bums me out,” says an emotional Helbig. It’s in Grace’s on-point assessment of Nicole Arbour that she also reveals that she overcame “dark” and “personal” body image issues in her life as well.
Model Tess Holliday addressed the viral video directly in a series of tweets, including: “Fat shaming doesn’t save lives, it kills them.”
But despite the backlash, it would appear that Nicole Arbour is not backing down from her original statements.
In one tweet, she makes the bold claim that if she were a man, people would have LOL’d and moved on. She’s also added the hashtag #GoTeam to many of her posts online as a means to track all the jeers and cheers associated with “Dear Fat People.”
Seems like she’s going to milk her cruel twist of fame for as long as possible.
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