Every day, comedians are forced to walk the line between funny and offensive. And there are many who do a great job. But this rant by comedian Nicole Arbour is pretty wretched. (Yes, I just used my grandma’s vocabulary to describe a millennial. Deal with it.)
The video, titled “Dear Fat People” is a horribly insulting rant by Arbour that hinges off an argument that “fat shaming” isn’t real. During her tireless tirade, Arbour makes a lot of arguments that A), aren’t funny and B), are extremely hurtful — not only people who are overweight, but everyone with body image issues.
Popular YouTube stars like Grace Helbig have responded to the video, voicing their own experiences with body issues, and their own “dark personal struggles” with body image. All I can say is, everyone has struggles with their appearance sometimes, and highlighting insecurities and blaming the state of someone’s weight on plain ignorance is not the answer.
Some of Arbour’s more outrageous comments are below:
“I’m talking about the 35 percent of North Americans who are obese.”
“Big boned isn’t a thing.”
“Maybe I’m a little jealous that you get to eat whatever you want.”
“Obesity is a disease? Yeah, so is being a shopaholic. But I don’t get an f-ing parking pass.”
“It’s assisted suicide.”
“I don’t feel bad for you because you are taking your body for granted.”
“Everybody use the hashtag it’ll unclog our arteries!”
“They forgot to tell you that plus size stands for plus heart disease, plus knee problems, plus diabetes!”
Pretty disgusting, huh? I guess Arbour has never struggled with insecurities, or health problems, or really anything other than completely loving herself and belittling others.
Basically, she’s a bully. You can watch her frustratingly ignorant rant here, or you can tweet her to tell her she’s kinda mean at @NicoleArbour.
Video via YouTube, Image via YouTube