A comedian who criticised overweight people has
sparked a row over censorship on YouTube.
Nicole Arbour uploaded a video called Dear Fat
People in which she derided people for being
She claimed she had been censored after her
channel was suspended, while others accused her
of deleting her own channel to gain sympathy.
But the BBC understands the channel was
automatically suspended because a lot of people
reported it to YouTube.
Ms Arbour’s YouTube channel has since been
Nicole Arbour is a Canadian comedian who
uploads video rants to Facebook and YouTube.
She has a combined following of more than
In a controversial video, which has been viewed
more than 21 million times, Ms Arbour described
times she encountered overweight people.
“Fat-shaming is not a thing. Fat people made that
up. If we offend you so much that you lose weight,
I’m OK with that. You are killing yourself,” she
Ms Arbour has faced criticism from prominent
social media stars.
Whitney Way Thore , star of US reality show My
Big Fat Fabulous Life, said fat-shaming was the
“spawn of a larger problem called body shaming”
that she was sure “everyone on the planet” had
“You cannot tell a person’s health, physical or
otherwise, from looking at them,” she said.
Singer Meghan Tonjes said the video was
“harmful”, adding: “I know what it’s like to sit
there as a teenage girl and see something like
Vlogger skagg3 defended Ms Arbour : “I don’t go
on some censorship parade trying to put tape over
people’s mouths, because I value the free
exchange of ideas more than I value my own
When Ms Arbour’s YouTube channel was
suspended on Sunday, she tweeted that she had
YouTube said it did not comment on specific
channels but told the BBC: “In cases where a
channel or video is incorrectly flagged by the
community and subsequently removed, we work
quickly to reinstate it.”
Ms Arbour has since uploaded a new video, where
she says she “does not care” if people are
offended by her content.
Grace Helbig , one of YouTube’s best-known stars,
said the comedian’s comments had been “mean”.
“Comedy can be a really powerful tool,” she said.
“I wish that we could use it more respectfully. I
wish we could just respect each other as human
“The more you just say whatever you want with
disregard to people’s feelings, the less I as a
viewer consider you as a comedian, I just consider
you as kinda mean.”