‘Dear Fat People’ slammed

9 September 2015

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Meet Nicole Arbour.

Chances are you didn’t know who she was until a few days ago.

Her latest YouTube video, ‘Dear Fat People’, has gone viral.

https://youtu.be/nVIbk7difVE

“Fat shaming is not a thing, that’s just something fat people made up,” the Canadian said in the video.

The video has amassed more than 21 million views since it was uploaded over the weekend.

However, the video has primarily been shared out of outrage.

Arbour’s sarcasm continued on social media, posting updates about her contribution to humanity.

She eventually began to defend her video, posting to Twitter about the right to free speech.

In the wake of the social media storm, reports began emerging that YouTube had suspended Arbour’s account and that the video had been removed from Facebook.

This prompted the comedian to create a follow up video.

Arbour blames “keyboard warriors”, who “are the new terrorists” and are “trying to murder comedy”, for the exaggerated hype of her initial six-minute YouTube rant.

“You have to be really slow to be offended by satire,” she said.

“Only you can save comedy for future generations… make fun of your friends equally, because an entire generation that’s scared to make jokes is a generation of pus****.”

However, the response generated by Arbour’s video is seemingly exactly what she’d anticipated.

“Aaahhh, some people are already mad at this video!” she said at the start of the ‘Dear Fat People’ clip.

Arbour’s video has launched her into a new realm of online stardom, something so many YouTubers strive for.

Those in opposition of Arbour say that ‘fat-shaming’ won’t help combat obesity, and is instead a cruel and immoral behaviour.

Responses to the video have also gone viral on YouTube, some earning over 200,000 views.

Comedians are constantly skating on thin ice when it comes to political correctness.

Earlier this year, Jim Jeffries received backlash for making rape jokes at his show in Brisbane.

In similar distaste, controversial comedian, Louis CK, left audiences stunned with jokes about child molestation.

In 2012, actress and comedian, Sarah Silverman, was criticised following her Tweets regarding “quickie” abortions.

Columnist, Helen Razer, said the ‘offence debate’ is ruining the audience’s right not to be offended.

“The comedian and the audience must allow themselves freedom from the orthodoxies of the everyday. If we are to have Stanhopes or Silvermans and the thrilling laughter such people provide, we must all be prepared to take a risk,” she said.

“If we all insist on sticking within the limits of real life, we can never inhabit the limitless possibilities of art.”

Whether Arbour’s video can be classified as ‘art’ is questionable, however, she does have the right to speak freely and to share her opinions with the world.

 

Tiyana MatliovskiTiyana Matliovski is a third-year Bachelor of Journalism student at La Trobe University and a staff writer at upstart magazine. You can follow her on Twitter: @tiyana_m88.