1. Comedian Nicole Arbour uploaded a video to YouTube on Friday titled “Dear Fat People.” The video, which shows Arbour joking about obese people, struck a chord with many on the internet.
Since being posted, the video has amassed more than 17 million views on Facebook and more than half a million views on YouTube.
2. Soon after being uploaded, Arbour’s YouTube channel, as well as the videos she’d created, was suspended. She took to Twitter to say that she’d been censored for her comedy.
3. The video in question technically doesn’t break YouTube’s guidelines, and Arbour’s channel has since been reinstated.
4. Online criticism of the comedian has spawned a number of reactions — some in favor and some against — Abour’s video, which she says was satire.
5. Lots of people expressed their opinions on social media:
8. And others, like Whitney Way Thore — who appears in the TLC show My Big Fat Fabulous Life — posted a reaction video in response to Abour’s original video, discussing the effects of body-shaming.
Thor, who has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), says in the video, “You cannot tell a person’s health, physical or otherwise, from looking at them.”
10. Although a lot of people have come down on Arbour for her views on obesity, she still has many who support her.
YouTuber skagg 3 posted a video on Sunday backing the comedian. He makes this point in the video: “We can’t joke about obesity, but presumably we can joke about AIDS, cancer, drug addiction, alcoholism — the list of things we joke about daily is endless.”
11. In addition to the response videos defending Arbour’s views, there were many people on Facebook and Twitter who agreed with her as well:
14. BuzzFeed has reached out to Arbour for comment.
Arbour has responded to BuzzFeed’s request for comment.
16. When asked how she’s been handling the criticism she’s been met with online, Arbour had this to say: “Will I take what strangers on the internet say about me personally? No.”
She continued, “Because what they are saying is a ridiculous outrage to a comedy video that has a bit too much truth in the jokes for their personal taste.”
17. Moving forward, Arbour says she will have a disclaimer appear on her future videos about her channel’s content.
She also apologized to any children who may have been negatively impacted by her video. “I never intended for kids to be watching it and I’m sorry if any kids who didn’t understand that I’m a comedian were shocked or upset.”
18. Arbour says this incident will “absolutely not” hold her back from discussing sensitive topics in the future. She feels this particular issue is “over free speech and artistic expression being cock blocked.”
She continued: “This was only an issue because this particular group wants to be immune to satire, while laughing at everyone else. We all need to relax, laugh at everyone, and learn to turn off something we don’t like, not try and wipe its existence. “
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