'Dear Fat People' Vlogger Fired From Movie -- About a Fat-Shamed Girl!

Less than a week after posting her incendiary "Dear Fat People" video, vlogger Nicole Arbour has been fired from a movie gig. According to Zap2It.com, she was going to choreograph routines for a movie about -- you're not going to believe this -- a teen who gets bullied for being fat. Yeah.

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The movie, Don't Talk to Irene, is a body-positive story about a 16-year-old girl who wants to be a cheerleader but gets bullied because of her weight. So she works hard, eats kale, and loses all the weight and all her dreams come true and people are nice to her, right? Nope. "She learns that she doesn’t have to change anything about herself to be awesome because she already is," director Pat Mills tells Zap2It.

Mills hired Arbour because she was both a traditional dance choreographer and a cheerleader. "She was fun and nice and had a lot of energy," he recalls. He says she read his script and liked it.

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WAIT. Arbour read a script about a girl who's bullied over her weight and ends up deciding to love herself the way she is -- and LIKED it?

Shortly after Mills hired Arbour her video caused an Internet storm and he saw it, of course. And he says it made him never want to see her again. 

[‘Dear Fat People’] is an unfunny and cruel fat-shaming video that guises itself about being about ‘health.’ It’s fat phobic and awful. It went on for over for six minutes. I felt like I had been punched in the gut. I was so upset I was shaking like Shelley DuVall in the The Shining.

Yowza, I can imagine. I mean, that video was everything Mills's film is working against. How could Arbour read that script, sign up to choreograph it, and the send out the exact opposite message through her video? I have to think maybe she didn't even read the script.

Or maybe -- oh my God, is it possible? -- Mills's script actually prompted her "Dear Fat People" video.

You guys. I feel like we need to take a quick detour and talk about schadenfreude. It's a German word that means taking pleasure in other people's misfortune. I have an ethical dilemma for you. If someone is very publicly cruel to an entire class of people, and then gets fired from a job because of that, are we wrong to snicker to ourselves quietly with some measure of satisfaction that maybe, just maybe, the toxicity you send out into the world really does come back at you eventually?

So anyway! Wow, pretty crazy, right? Oh, life, you sure do throw us some mad curveballs, don't you.

Have we learned anything from this experience? I mean, did any people who believe fat-shaming is totally justified change their mind when they witnessed how many other people (I think the majority of us?) expressed horror and dismay at Arbour's video? I wonder. At any rate, I hope production for Don't Talk to Irene goes well and changes people's hearts, this time for the better.

 

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