Comedian Nicole Arbour, whose YouTube channel was suspended by Google a week ago after she posted a video mocking “fat people,” has now lost a film role over her comments.
“Fat-shaming is not a thing. Fat people made that up,” says Nicole in the September 3 video. “If we offend you so much that you lose weight, I’m OK with that…I’ll sleep at night.”
Arbour claims the video, titled “Dear Fat People,” was a satire, but the director on her upcoming project reportedly did not find it to be humorous.
“[I’m making] a dance movie, so obviously we needed a choreographer,” said director Pat Mills. “We met with a woman who not only did traditional dance choreography, but was a cheerleader as well. She was fun and nice and had a lot of energy.”
“[Arbour told me she] had a Youtube channel and identified as a ‘Youtuber.’ She seemed like a perfect fit for the project. I shared the script with her. She said she dug it and was excited to come on board,” he continued.
Mills said he and Arbour were supposed to get together this week for what she called a “choreo party,” which consisted of watching her favorite dance scenes and discussing ideas.
“And then a crazy thing happened on Saturday – I saw something on the Internet that made me never want to see her again,” he said.
The comedian was subsequently fired from the movie, which was scheduled to film in October.
“I’m gay. I was bullied a lot as a kid. I am no stranger to ridicule and loneliness,” Mills explained. “It’s fat-phobic and awful. It went on for over six minutes. I felt like I had been punched in the gut. I was so upset I was shaking like Shelley Duvall in The Shining.”
Arbour has said she is not apologizing for her controversial remarks.
“I’m not currently, nor have I been attached to any feature films as of late,” she tweeted Thursday.
Watch: Dear Fat People by Nicole Arbour