Nicole Arbour, a Canadian comedian, actress and YouTuber, has been under attack this week since posting a video titled “Dear Fat People.” Currently at 5.5 million views, the video has been watched and despised by many people who claim it is nothing more than fat shaming. However, as harsh as some of the words seem, the video is an attempt to get people to think about their decisions and how they affect themselves and those around them. The fall out is a bit excessive.
After the video, her channel was temporarily taken down. Arbour took to Twitter and claimed this was censorship by YouTube. The website is all about giving people the chance to say what is on their minds and taking down one video because one group claims it’s gone too far is taking away that right. On a site filled with people calling the president a “Muslim devil” and anti-Trump bloggers, one comedian’s video was the worst of the worst?
Now, this isn’t an article agreeing with what she said. Many of her comments were too much and didn’t follow with the message she was trying to send her viewers. The issue is about her right to say these things. The First Amendment protects speech, even speech that people don’t like. Taking something down just because some find it’s rude or obscene takes away from the rights of the person wanting to share his or her opinion.
From the eyes of a comedian, this can be seen plain and simple. Either everything is funny or nothing is funny. Many comics who like to use offensive humor in their jokes choose not to draw a line, because if they deem something too far then how can they justify the rest of what they say? Everyone has this line and has a topic they believe should be made fun of or talked about. Yet when these lines are drawn, we can’t attack someone else for crossing it. If you laugh at five other things this person says, but then they say something that makes you stop, that doesn’t mean they’re a bad comedian. They just told a bad joke.
Since Arbour posted the video, many have posted response videos attacking Arbour for what she said. Arbour also lost out on a position in a film. Director Pat Mills told zap2it that it, “felt like I had been punched in the gut. I was so upset I was shaking like Shelley DuVall in the ‘The Shining’, bullies like Nicole Arbour are the reason I’m making this movie.”
Attacking someone because you feel attacked is never the right answer. If they wanted to change her views then they should have talked, not screamed over a vlog or thrown jabs through an article.
Some may view it as “fat shaming,” but this video is just a comedian calling for change in the wrong way. However, as mad as it makes people, she has the right to say what she wants, and she continues to defend what she said.
Some need a swift kick to change their habits, and for them, hopefully this video was their wake up call. For others who found it too much, or thought what she was saying went too far, click “dislike” and move on. Hate leads to more hate, nothing better.