Whitney Thore, the star of TLC's latest hit reality series "My Big Fat Fabulous Life," posted her own response to Canadian comedian Nicole Arbour's viral "Dear Fat People" video, People reported. Thore counters some of the points Arbour made in her fat-shaming video in a verbal video takedown.
"Fat-shaming is a thing; it's a really big thing, no pun intended," Thore said in the video posted to her Facebook page, addressing Arbour's claim that "fat-shaming" doesn't exist. "It is the really nasty spawn of a larger parent problem called body-shaming, which I'm fairly certain everyone on the planet, especially women, has experienced."
Thore went on explain that even though Arbour said her message wasn't aimed at people who suffer with obesity because of certain health issues, she still felt that the video was aimed at her, especially when Arbour used the term "TLC-special fat" to describe an encounter with a "fat family" at an airport.
"So I'm so glad you're not talking about me, except you are talking about me because you can't see a person's health from looking at them," Thore explained. "The next time you see a fat person, you don't know whether that person has a medical condition that caused them to gain weight."
Arbour's video sparked so much controversy that it caused YouTube to temporarily shut down her channel on Saturday, CNN reported. Her "Dear Fat People" rant was perceived as mean and condescending, but Thore had words of encouragement for people who are overweight or obese.
"You are loved," Thore said. "You are worthy you are capable of so much more than you think. A number on a scale or measuring tape cannot quantify the value you have, it can't count all the ways this world needs you. Your weight does not measure your worth."
Watch Thore's full video takedown below.
WHAT I WANT TO SAY TO FAT PEOPLE ---> #DearFatPeople This is my response to Nicole Arbour's video (& all body shamers!) S2 of #MyBigFatFabLife premiers Wed. 9/9 at 9 on TLC! #NoBodyShame
Posted by Whitney Way Thore on Saturday, September 5, 2015