Yes, the Nicole Arbour thing is still happening. Yes, we’re tired of talking about it too. But now she’s making the rounds on mainstream news – we hear she went on CNN today – and we have to pay attention, so here we are.
Self-proclaimed comedian Nicole Arbour went on The View yesterday to defend her controversial viral video “Dear Fat People.” If you need a refresher, this is the video where she claimed fat shaming “is not a thing” and fat people just need to stop being so lazy and disgusting. Despite her insistence that it was satire meant to inspire people to lose weight, there has been intense backlash from the YouTube community and a few celebrities, and she may have even lost a movie gig because of it.
Her performance on The View was basically a rambling rehash of the stuff she’s been saying for weeks – it was satire, it’s totally not bullying because she makes fun of herself for being blonde all the time, this wouldn’t even be happening if she was a guy – while experienced comedians like Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Raven-Symoné gritted their teeth and tried to explain why it’s different when full-figured people make fat jokes about themselves.
The most interesting part for me was this exchange, when host Michelle Collins said she would love to see Arbour volunteer for an organization that encourages kids to exercise and “put [her] money where her mouth is” (click for sound):
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