Nicole Arbour’s “Dear Fat Video” has gone viral, racked up three million views and earned her press coverage from CNN, TIME Magazine, The Guardian and Entertainment Weekly – and now, it may have cost her her first job.
Arbour has reportedly been fired from a choreographer job on a “body-positive teen dance movie” about a 16-year-old girl who wants to be a cheerleader but is bullied for being fat. She eventually learns that she doesn’t have to change anything about herself to be awesome.
Yeah, maybe not the best movie for Nicole Arbour to be attached to.
Director Pat Mills told Zap2it he was outraged over the “cruel and lame” video.
“[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 favorite 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.”
Mills said he was bullied a lot for being gay when he was growing up and is no stranger to ridicule and loneliness.
“[‘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 for six minutes. I felt like I had been punched in the gut. I was so upset I was shaking like Shelley DuVall in ‘The Shining.’
“Bullies like Nicole Arbour are the reason I am making this movie. I’m tired of body shaming. It’s everywhere.”
Nicole, however, insists that she was never connected to the film and the whole thing is “gossip.”