Comedian Nicole Arbour refused to apologize for her controversial “Dear Fat People” rant on YouTube when she visited “The View” on Wednesday.
Host Whoopi Goldberg credited Arbour for even stopping by and facing the music over the video that many people have called bullying and fat-shaming. (Arbour claims that fat-shaming is not a “thing.”)
YouTube even pulled the video for a while, but only after it racked up more than 18 million views. It’s back now, but comments have been disabled.
In the video, Arbour mocks fat people for what they look like, what they smell like, how slow they move. You get the idea. (Watch it below.)
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“If we offend you so much that you lose weight, I’m OK with that. You are killing yourself. Yeah, I’ll sleep at night,” Arbour says in the video.
She told the “View” panelists that “that topic was actually voted in by fans, some of whom are fat. They're like, 'You can't make fun of some people and not make fun of me too.'"
Plus, Arbour emphasized, she meant to be offensive.
“That video was made to offend people, just the way I do with all my other videos," she said. "It's just satire, it's just being silly. I'm just having a bit of fun, and that's what we did.”
But several panelists, namely comic Joy Behar, schooled Arbour on the rules of effective comedy.
“I’m a comic,” Behar said, “so if I’m going to make a joke about a fat person, I’m going to call myself ‘fat’ first. That’s your problem — you’re not fat.”
Behar also called “bull” on Arbour’s claim that she made the video out of concern for people’s health.
“You sort of hide behind this, 'Well it's not healthy,'" Behar said. "That's bull and you know it. You don't care about their health.”
“View” co-panelist Michelle Collins, also a comedian, criticized Arbour, too.
“Where is the satire?” Collins asked Arbour.
Arbour defended herself by saying that the video wasn't meant to be taken seriously.
"I do care about people's health, but the whole thing was a joke and I make fun of myself all the time," she said. "I think we've all got to make jokes about everybody.”
Whitney Thore isn’t buying Arbour’s claims, calling the video “heinous.” The star of TLC’s new reality show, “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” issued a point-by-point rebuttal to the video. “Fat shaming is definitely a thing," Thore told ET. "It's alive and well."
Oscar-nominated star Gabourey Sidibe has called Arbour “incredibly ignorant.”
Talk show host Wendy Williams, on the other hand, who has described herself as “a fat girl from Jersey,” has defended Arbour, saying a lot of what she talks about is “absolutely correct.”
“A lot of what the fat-shamer said is absolutely correct. It's just, she doesn't need to say it," Williams told People.
But, Williams added, “what people need to understand about fat, everybody's not fat because they eat. Some people are fat because they have medical conditions."
Arbour has lost more than fans over the video. She was reportedly lined up to work as choreographer for (ironically) an anti-bullying dance film. But the movie’s director, Pat Mills, saw her YouTube video.
It “made me never want to see her again,” said Mills.
“‘Dear Fat People' is an unfunny and cruel fat-shaming video that guises itself about being about ‘health,’” Mills told People. “It's fat-phobic and awful. It went on for over six minutes. I felt like I had been punched in the gut.”
Here’s the video that’s causing this stir. Be forewarned, there’s NSFW language.