Have you been following the Internet buzz over YouTube personality Nicole Arbour? She posted a video called ‘Dear Fat People’ that many people found offensive. It was briefly taken down from YouTube before being put back up, but the repercussions are still coming: Nicole’s reportedly been fired from a movie over it.
Director Pat Mills explained that he had been planning to cast Nicole in a movie he’s prepping.
[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.”
Pat didn’t feel Nicole’s ‘Dear Fat People’ video fit in with the theme of the movie Pat’s preparing to direct, ‘Don’t Talk To Irene.’
It’s a body-positive teen dance movie set in a retirement home. It’s about a 16-year-old girl who dreams of being a cheerleader, but she is constantly bullied for being fat. She learns that she doesn’t have to change anything about herself to be awesome because she already is.
“I’m gay. I was bullied a lot as a kid. I am 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 ‘The Shining’.
“Bullies like Nicole Arbour are the reason I am making this movie. I’m tired of body shaming. It’s everywhere.”
Given that, yeah, it sounds like it’s best that Nicole not be involved in this project.
For her part, Nicole still isn’t apologizing and tweeted:
I’m not currently, nor have I been attached to any feature films as of late. 😉 #gossip
— Nicole Arbour (@NicoleArbour) September 10, 2015
This seems to be the new trend among vloggers: put up something CRAZY to try to get it to go viral. Any attention is better than no attention, right? Someone’s going to take things seriously too far. Here’s Nicole’s video, if you’re interested (and a response to it is under that):