When her video "Dear Fat People" came out last week, millions of people were outraged by Nicole Arbour's comments. While Arbour's comments were intended (as she claims) as comedic advice for those struggling with obesity, they clearly went awry.
The video's contents included her complaining of the variety of ways in which obesity is affecting everyone's lives, but she absolutely doesn't sugar coat it. At one point, she makes a joke that, as a shopaholic, she should get the front row parking because she has all the bags, while those struggling with obesity should park at the back to burn more calories.
She went on in her video to talk about how one family's health struggles caused problems for her at the airport, as if she should be the center of the family's concerns.
The video was taken down -- and has since been put back up -- but that's not where it ends for the comedian. Due to her video and comments, Pat Mills, director of upcoming indie film, Don't Talk to Irene, has changed his mind when it comes to Arbour, who was expected to begin working with the cast and crew when filming begins. Mills said:
[Don't Talk to Irene is] 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. [She said 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.
That 'thing' would of course, be "Dear Fat People," her YouTube video. Arbour made a bit of an ass out of herself making this video for a variety of reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is that the film she was supposed to be working on was in direct contradiction of everything she had been saying her video.
Mills addressed Arbour directly, saying:
Nicole: Did you even read my script? It is a body positive teen movie. It has a message that is in direct opposition to your cruel and lame YouTube rant. We will not be working together. You are not hired for Don’t Talk to Irene.
Arbour is unapologetic for her comments; she thinks everyone deserves to be made fun of equally, as she states in her videos, but it's pretty easy to be so harsh and judgmental when you're not the individual affected by the situation (that airport story doesn't count).
“Bullies like Nicole Arbour are the reason I am making this movie,” Mills said. “I’m tired of body shaming. It’s everywhere.”
Don't Talk to Irene begins filming next month.