Dear Fat Shamers...
L'Oréal Blackett discusses the Nicole Arbour media storm and says shame on fat-shamers
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(FAO Fat Shamers; CC Nicole Arbour, Katie Hopkins and Karl Lagerfeld)
I HAD a dream (a less revolutionary dream than the famous one) where a tribe of women rotund in the hip, voluptuous in the waist and buxom in the breasts, united in magical curvaceous unison to invite Nicole ‘Fat Shamer’ Arbour to 'kiss their fat ass’ – in a similar fashion to Tyra Banks following the brutal media bullying of her weight gain in 2006.
The idea that fat-shaming will force people to lose weight is naive
It’d be an appropriate response to Arbour’s now worldwide viralDear Fat People video.
In the Youtube clip that has now been watched more than 5 million times, comedian Arbour launched into a spectacularly unforgiving rant about obesity and declared 'fat shaming' - the open discrimination of overweight people - as 'not a thing'. While Arbour distinguishes between those with a little "cushion for the pushin", people with "specific medical problems" and the "35% of Americans that are obese," the video touched a very sensitive nerve and was even temporarily blocked by Youtube.
Not that Arbour cares much.
As she says in the video: "What you gonna do fat people? Chase me? It's going to be like fuckin' Frankenstein..."
Watch the video here, she pulls no punches.
Like many comedians, Arbour believes her comedy is satire and uses her zany humour to dissect our current social issues (although, I can't see much of that in Keith Lemon's Celebrity Juice).
'Satire' is a comedian's safeword when they come under-fire for their more controversial jokes - on this occasion Arbour hasn't received the benefit of the doubt.
While jokes on race, sexuality etc are obvious no-gos in our politically correct times, America's crippling weight issue tends to be fair game for a comedian. Should Arbour have received a universal-wide middle finger for her comical take on a genuine issue that's plaguing first world society? Are we over-sensitive? Has the P.C. brigade gotten its knickers in a twist once again? Weren't we supposed to laugh?