Nicole Arbour, the woman who loosed the viral YouTube video Dear Fat People on “the worlds” last-place September is back with a sequel that is somehow worse than the original. Dear Fat People 2: The Second Helping descent over the weekend, and while it hasnt fairly taken off the room the original did, its still racked up over 440,000 views.
Arbours language is inflammatory, sexist, fat-shaming, transphobic, and overall sincerely contemptuous. Theres no debating the fact that shes not winning apportions for being woke anytime soon. She makes no secret of her indifference for anyone who doesnt fit civilization traditional standards of glamour.
Her trolling is off-the-charts ridiculousand at this level shes only trolling herself. But if we examine past her incendiary antics and at her content, there are serious issues is not simply with the content, but with the road shes framing them.
If theres anything in her over-produced tirade that has a glimmer of fact to it, its the economic critique of market towards women.
Arbours critique miscarries not only when she fails to acknowledge the spurious choice between a letter and a profession, but too when she does not acknowledge the real directions that Graham has been an inspiration to and supportive of women who participate in the body positivity motion .
Around the three-minute mark in the sequel video, Arbour says that plus-sized framework Ashley Graham did not pose for Sports Illustrated s swimsuit strictly to represent plus-sized ladies, but rather to support her job as a pattern. Of route Graham attains coin from modeling, but having a errand and a theme are not mutually exclusive.
Of course, Arbours critique neglects not only when she fails to acknowledge the false-hearted selection between a letter and a job, but too when she does not acknowledge the real directions that Graham has been an inspiration to and supportive of women who participate in the body positivity flow.
Arbour is not inevitably wrong when she notes further that a lot of labels have much to gain financially by affiliating themselves with figure positivity. Its not incorrect to point out that there a lot of people who have a lot of coin to income by espousing torso positivity, even if they themselves are not supportive of the movement.
But where Arbour fails to adequately defend the one section of her statement that has some legality, is when she ignores the fact that she herself is engaging in the same kind of self-promotional antics that she alleges Graham and others within the body-positive community of hiring.
Shes not representing maidens! Shes representing her bank account! Arbour ranted about Graham. Well, thats all Arbour is representing, too.
She said herself that her first viral video Dear Fat People was in fact a marketing ploy, and its supremely unlikely that her follow-up aims for a different arise. Arbour is employing a theme about the jeopardies of torso positivity to earn money, and has been upfront about it. Only as Graham would probably own up to the fact that she has a content that she simultaneously revenues from as well( being a representation is her career, after all ).
Clearly Sports Illustrated placed her in it, Arbour tirades, because it would stimulate a disagreement and people like me would talk about it right now. Then she ironically cuts to her re-enacting someone reacting to her own video. Arbour talks at length about how her own acknowledgement that she photoshops her own draws means that shes above Graham, whose Sports Illustrated spread was surely stroked up, but somehow misses the point that, even if the magazines sole goal for including Graham was to stimulated the pot, Arbour is doing the exact same.
This is what we can expect from body-shamers, anti-feminists, and LGBT-phobic who build no effort to hide their hatred for marginalized groups when they label it as comedy. Arbour is very likely to never recognized by hypocrisy of her message, but hopefully the rest of us will continue to see through it.
Elizabeth King is a Chicago-based scribe embracing word and politics. She too experiences writing culture criticism and pop culture analysis. Follow her on Twitter @ekingc .
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