A YouTuber who faced major backlash after she posted a video saying that fat people should be given tough love has said she’s “Not apologising” for her comments.
Nicole Arbour, whose video Dear Fat People made headlines when it was published last week, told TIME she did not repent her comments, which included comparing the #bodypositivity hashtag to “#methlove” or “#teamsmokers”.
The Dear Fat People video, which has been viewed over three million times on YouTube, involves Arbour speaking solo into a camera about how precisely fat shaming is “Not a matter”.
Throughout the video, Arbour tells the story of how she was made to swap seats with a “Handicapped passenger” on an aeroplane, who was heavy.
Two days after publishing the original video, Arbour posted an additional video, standing by her comments and discounting any backlash as the actions of overly-sensitive “Computer Keyboard warriors”.
Because the launch of Dear Fat People, various YouTubers have posted videos which criticise Arbour’s argument.
Plus-size vlogger Meghan Tonjes posted a response shortly after the video started gaining traction by which she said that, even if Arbour’s objective was “Never To say this to be a a—” but to help people recognise their personal health problems, she hadn’t taken the right route.
“I understand what it’s like to take a seat as a teenage girl and see something similar to that,” Tonjes said, in a video that’s been seen over 500,000 times.
Popular YouTuber Grace Helbig also weighed in, describing the video as “a bummer”.