Nicole Arbour posts fat-shaming video targeting model Ashley Graham
Canadian comedian Nicole Arbour has posted another abrasive fat-shaming rant.
Arbour, who got flack last year for her “Dear Fat People” video, says she was compelled to speak out again upon hearing that this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition will be featuring a plus-size model.
“Is she pretty? Totally,” Arbour says. “But Sports Illustrated swimsuit models are the mecca of physical perfection when it comes to modelling.”
While she doesn’t name the model, Ashley Graham made headlines last week when it was announced she will appear on the magazine’s cover.
Arbour posted the video “Dear Fat People 2: The Second Helping” Feb. 20.
For Graham, a plus-size model, to land the coveted spot was hailed as a win for the body-positive movement.
Arbour accuses the magazine of using Photoshop to alter its models beyond recognition, and only adding plus-sized women to its pages to get people talking.
“You can feed me a story about body positivity but you’re Photoshopping yourself. That’s like the president of PETA eating meat.”
Obesity advocate Adrianna O’Regan says Arbour is a bully, using “shock value” to get her name out there.
“Unfortunately obesity is the one thing that’s still somewhat acceptable to make fun of,” O’Regan says.
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While talking about Arbour’s video gives the comedian attention, O’Regan says ignoring it isn’t the answer. She hopes it sparks bigger discussions about what is and isn’t acceptable.
“Today is anti-bullying day. And that’s exactly what she’s doing,” O’Regan says. “Since when is it OK to bully anybody for anything?”
Graham, who has her own line of lingerie with retailer Addition Elle and recently nabbed a spot on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, hasn’t commented on Arbour’s video.
Fellow YouTuber Meghan Tonjes calls the video a ploy by Arbour to get attention and make more money after all the attention the first video got.
“I will never connect to people needlessley tearing down body types…using stereotypes for comedy, that can go so far,” Tonjes said.
“And then it’s like, what are we left with? What is at the heart of what you’re doing?”
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Loey Lane says the video is another one of Arbour’s “gross attempts at comedy.”
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Others took to Twitter to call Arbour out.
Arbour continues to defend her work as comedy.
So far Arbour’s video has been viewed about 350,000 times on YouTube. The “like” and “dislike” functions have been disabled.
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