YouTube star Nicole Arbour faced major backlash earlier this week after she posted a video titled "Dear Fat People" that pokes fun at people who are obese. In the nearly six-minute video, Arbour also criticized positive body image movements that have gone viral in recent months, claiming hashtagging something bad doesn't make it OK.
Plus-size model Ashley Graham saw the video and told E! News exclusively at our New York Fashion Week kickoff party Wednesday that she was horrified by the video, even though she normally thinks Arbour is a funny person.
"She is a funny girl but the subject matter is disgusting," Graham said. "I feel like women already have so much that they have to go through in their day-to-day, so why are you going to sit there and tell us you're fat or tell us that we are big boned?"
Graham, 27, has always been an advocate for women of all sizes to feel comfortable in their own skin. Arbour's video, however, does the opposite, said Graham.
"I am not an advocate for bulimia, anorexia or obesity," she said, "but I am an advocate for women and empowering women and making sure that women around me feel comfortable and confident. That is not something she is about!"
She added, "I really did not like the video at all, but you know what it's doing? It's giving the curvy girls more publicity. It's saying, 'Hey curvy girls you actually are sexy!'"
Arbour might have thought her video was pure comedy, but social media didn't see it that way. People responded so harshly to her comments, which included comparisons of overweight people to slow-moving zombies, that YouTube temporarily disabled her account.
"What are you gonna do about it? What are you gonna do?" she asked in the beginning of her video. "You gonna chase me? Really? I can get away from you by walking at a reasonable pace."
She later continued, "I'm not saying all this to be an a--hole, I'm saying it because your friends should be saying this to you. Think of me as one of your ride or dies."