Comedian Nicole Arbour recently caused a firestorm with her "Dear Fat People" video (below), which mocked the concept of "fat shaming," a phrase often used by overweight people and their supporters against critics.
Arbour states in her video:
Fat shaming is not a thing. Fat people made that up. That's a race card with no race ... There's a race card. There's a disability card. There's even a gay card, because gay people are discriminated against, wrongfully so. The gay card is covered in glitter, it's f---- magical.
Are you gonna tell the doctor that they're being mean and fat shaming you when they say you have f---- heart disease.
I'm not talking about people who have a little cushion for the pushin'. And if there are people watching this with a specific health condition, this is not aimed at you.
I am talking about the 35 percent of North Americans who are obese. That means you are so fat that you are affecting your own health.
Arbour was accused of fat shaming, temporarily lost her YouTube and Google+ channels over the weekend (which were restored) and tweeted in response: "We literally broke the Internet… With comedy. #censorship"
Her video stayed on Facebook and got over 18 million views, notes USA TODAY.
Whitney Way Thore, the TV reality star of TLC's "My Big Fat Fabulous Life," posted a response video (below) in which she slammed Arbour, reports CNN.
Fat shaming is a thing. It's a really big thing, no pun intended. It is the really nasty spawn of a larger parent problem called body shaming, which I'm fairly certain everyone on the planet, especially women, has experienced.
Thore also claimed that weight gain could be caused by a medical condition, depression, the loss of a loved ones and other life circumstances. Thore said that Arbour could not tell someone's medical condition by simply looking at them, but Arbour didn't make that claim.