Freedom of speech allows everyone the right to state their opinion, but when it involves belittling others for the sake of a laugh, a line must be drawn. Canadian comedian Nicole Arbour of “Dear Fat People” fame went on The View to defend her pro-fat-shaming video, and it was very evident that the co-hosts were none too impressed with her defenses.
After playing a clip of “Dear Fat People,” Whoopi Goldberg asked Arbour whether she understood why people found her video offensive.
Arbour’s response was teeth-cringing. “What I find most offensive about that video is my hair. Frankly, if I knew it would go viral,” she was saying when Goldberg cut her off. “You’re here; this is your shot,” Whoopi said, “So did you expect to offend people?”
Arbour replied that she did, and she is okay with it. She added that she only made the video because there were fat people who felt left out of her vlogs. She claimed that the idea was actually voted in by her fans.
Then Joy Behar intervened with a compelling point. She noted that as a comic, it’s one thing to make fun of yourself and your own failings, and another to upbraid others for theirs. “I’m a comic,” she said, “so if I’m going to make a joke about a fat person, I’m going to call myself ‘fat’ first. That’s your problem — you’re not fat.”
Although Arbour repeatedly claims that her video is satire, the co-hosts and public perception do not seem to agree. When asked “Where is the satire?” Arbour wasn’t able to formulate a coherent answer. That was not too surprising.
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