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Dear Fat People' Creator Reportedly Fired From Movie Gig Over Controversial Video


“I’m tired of body shaming. It’s everywhere.”

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The YouTube comedian who drew notoriety and scorn after posting a sarcastic video titled "Dear Fat People" has reportedly been fired from a choreography job on a movie because of the clip.

“[I’m making] a dance movie, so obviously we needed a choreographer. 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,” director Pat Mills said in a statement to Zap2it regarding Nicole Arbour. “‘[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.”

“I was supposed to get together with her this week for what she called a ‘choreo party’ to watch my favorite dance scenes and talk ideas,” Mills added in the statement. “And then a crazy thing happened on Saturday — I saw something on the Internet that made me never want to see her again.”

Here's Arbour's "Dear Fat People" video. (Content warning: Clip contains profanity and other dialogue that may be offensive to some readers.):

Dear Fat People

What we've all wanted to say to FAT PEOPLE

Posted by Nicole Arbour on Thursday, September 3, 2015

The thing is, Mills' movie — “Don’t Talk to Irene” — doesn't quite jell with the tone of Arbour's "Dear Fat People" clip.

“It’s a body-positive teen dance movie set in a retirement home,” Mills said. “It’s about a 16-year-old girl who dreams of being a cheerleader, but she is constantly bullied for being fat. She learns that she doesn’t have to change anything about herself to be awesome because she already is.”

And Mills said Arbour's video hit him in a personal way. “I’m gay. I was bullied a lot as a kid,” he added. “I am no stranger to ridicule and loneliness.”

“[‘Dear Fat People’] is an unfunny and cruel fat-shaming video that guises itself about being about ‘health’,” Mills said. “It’s fat phobic and awful. It went on for over for six minutes. I felt like I had been punched in the gut. I was so upset I was shaking like Shelley DuVall in the ‘The Shining’.”

“Bullies like Nicole Arbour are the reason I am making this movie,” he said. “I’m tired of body shaming. It’s everywhere.”

Mills concluded his statement by addressing Arbour directly: “Nicole: Did you even read my script? It is a body positive teen movie. It has a message that is in direct opposition to your cruel and lame YouTube rant. We will not be working together. You are not hired for ‘Don’t Talk to Irene’.”

Arbour seemingly referenced the matter on her Twitter page Thursday:

"I'm not currently, nor have I been attached to any feature films as of late," she wrote, adding the hashtag "#gossip."

But it didn't appear many were buying her response:

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