I have a few things to say this week so a random post it is. I have some big news so stay tuned….I promise to get to it in a bit. And by big, I mean HUGE! But first, I need to just give my 2 cents about this latest YouTube video that is going around that you might have heard about….the Nicole Arbour video in which she does the worst thing possible to Fat Girls around the world. She fat shames them. I am not going to post the link to the “Dear Fat People” video (which she claims is comedy) but I am going to take a minute and discuss it. There have been many rebuttals about this video, but I want to do mine in my own way so keep reading.
I came across her video on FB where someone had posted it and I was horrified. As a Fat Girl, this is EXACTLY the type of bullying we seek to avoid. There is no place for bullying and Nicole Arbour is just that….a bully. I don’t care if she thinks that was comedy because it was not. It was bullying. It was fat shaming (and yes, Ms. Arbour, that is a “thing”) plain and simple. We should stand up for any type of body shaming in this world because this is what leads most young men and women to have body image issues to begin with….it doesn’t matter if you are fat, thin, short, tall, brown, white, or anything at all….your body is perfect. Please do not use somebody’s weight as a way to judge them and Ms. Arbour did. That is disgusting. She claims she is trying to get people to lose weight, but if she had an ounce of intelligence in her brain, she would have done her research and found that body shaming actually produces the opposite effect and has caused many teenagers to actually kill themselves. Ms. Arbour, I hope that no one kills themselves because you think they need to have “fat people” parking spaces in the back of the parking lot and because you called them “Jabba the Hutt”. I only hope that they can read this: YOU ARE LOVED. Your body does not define you. The numbers on a scale are just that…numbers. They do not tell the world about your capacity to love or your ability to do greatness. Please read this post and love yourself for one thing today. Today I choose to love myself for my ability to write. My ability to potentially reach all those offended and hurt by Ms. Arbour’s words and so-called comedy of body shaming. Write this down on a post it and put it on your bathroom mirror. YOU ARE SPECIAL. No matter what your body looks like, do not let anyone tell you different. Hold your head up and know that at least one person loves you for you….ME. Words can hurt, no matter what anyone says, and they can leave a lasting impression, especially in this social media driven world we now live in. So let’s turn this around and show her what beauty truly looks like. Tweet or FB or Instagram (links here on the blog) me a selfie with the hashtags #dontjudge, #thefatgirlrunning #noshamingonlybodylove and let’s prove her wrong. Let’s show Ms. Arbour that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colors and we are proud of who we are…no matter what! Viva La Fat Girl Revolution!
Now that I am off my soapbox….let’s get down to the BIG news. If you follow me on the Tweeter or FB then you might have heard (and if you don’t then you should!!) that Book 3 in The Running Experiment is due to come out probably by the end of the year!! So gear up to start your new year off right….with laughter and plenty of adventures of me and BFF!! I even have a cover to reveal to you. I will let you guess who named the book….the ever funny BFF of course. Here ya go! Drum roll please…..
I hope you all are as excited and thrilled as I am that InknBeans is taking yet another chance on this Fat Girl. I also hope you like this cover as much as I do…they have one fantastic art elf over there!!
Oh yeah. I didn’t die today. I did however, hopefully, spread some love over this fat shaming video but I didn’t die. I am Fat Girl who is proud, loved and has Book 3 coming out Running! The experiment continues…