Face of the day

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Comedian and YouTuber Nicole Arbour:

Today’s face of the day is a comedian who posts Youtube videos. Like all comedians she makes fun of people and does satire. This week we featured her video that made fun of fat people amongst other topics in our password protected section. I have watched the video and like a lot of comedy it has a serious message behind the jokes. She makes pertinent points that it is all about health and wanting the people we love to live a long life and that obesity ( not love handles ) gives people life threatening diseases and health problems. She now is facing calls for her to apologise for making fun of fat people. She has refused. Comedy requires stereotypes to be funny, comedy is bits of truth wrapped in humour. In today’s Politically correct world comedy is under attack.


A YouTuber who faced significant backlash after she posted a video saying that fat people should be given tough love has said she is “not apologising” for her comments.

Nicole Arbour, whose video Dear Fat People made headlines when it was published last week, told TIME she did not regret her comments, which included comparing the #body positivity hashtag to “#methlove” or “#teamsmokers”.

“I’m not apologising for this video, but if someone got something from it, then that’s great, fantastic,” the 30-year-old said. “Comedy with a message, let’s do it.”

Arbour added that, as a comedian, she valued free speech in satire.

“I feel it’s really important that we make fun of everybody,” she told TIME.

“I think [what] brings us together and unites us as people is that we can poke fun at all of us.”

The Dear Fat People video, which has been viewed over three million times on YouTube, involves Arbour speaking solo to a camera about how fat shaming is “not a thing”.

…Two days after publishing the original video, Arbour posted an additional video, standing by her comments and dismissing any backlash as the actions of overly-sensitive “keyboard warriors”.

“Keyboard warriors are trying to murder comedy,” she said, adding that “keyboard warriors are the new terrorists” and that “stereotypes are funny because they’re true”.

Since the release of Dear Fat People, various YouTubers have posted videos which criticise Arbour’s argument.

-Stuff


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