Dear Nicole Arbour: You’re Not Helping
Nicole Arbour’s latest video is called “Dear Fat People,” and here’s how it starts: “Aaaagh, some people are already really mad at this video! What are you going to do, fat people? You gonna chase me? I can get away from you by walking at a reasonable pace.”
But really, she loves you guys no matter what.
If you’d really like to find and experience the original video for yourself, Google is right over here. I personally do not recommend it. Basically, it’s a gleefully mocking diatribe about how fat people are just lazy and fat shaming isn’t real – or if it is real, it’s good, because maybe it will shame people into losing weight.
Arbour claims she’s really only concerned for fat people’s health. Sure, she spends three straight minutes ranting about how disgusted and inconvenienced she was by a fat family at the airport, but big sassy black ladies are her favorite thing in the world, and she wants to keep fat people from dying so she can enjoy their company.
Since we’re all about real talk today, here’s my contribution: Nobody needs this. If you’re struggling with your body image, at best Arbour’s video will piss you off and at worst it will ruin your day. This isn’t how comedy works and it isn’t how being supportive and loving works. It is, however, how trolling for YouTube views works.
The upside is that other members of the YouTube community have pushed back and reached out to their followers, and there are plenty of genuine and truly supportive discussions going on out there about health and body positivity.