"I feel like there's a lot of pressure that celebrities put on themselves to fraternize with one another," Williams says in the spring issue of DuJour magazine. "It's like, you wouldn't have been friends with fat Wendy in 10th grade, so why am I going to be hanging out with you now?"
The Wendy Williams Show host – who lost 50 lbs. over three years – has been open about her struggles with weight and being "fat Wendy" growing up.
"My first diet was in the first grade!
We wanted to learn more about YouTube's foremost muckraker, so as he surpassed one million subscribers, we talked to him about his work:
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Director: Pat Mills
Writer: Pat Mills
Writer/director Pat Mills was one of our favorite discoveries out of 2014 following the premiere of his debut Guidance at the Toronto International Film Festival (Strand distributed the film in late August of 2015 and it’s currently streaming on Netflix). The Toronto based filmmaker is already at work on his sophomore feature, Don’t Talk to Irene, a project which took home the Best Screenplay award at the 2013 Austin Film Festival. Returning once more to the developmental hell of high school, the film is a body positive teen dance movie about a 16 year old named Irene who dreams of becoming a cheerleader despite the cruelty of her peers. Just prior to production, the choreographer Mills had been circling to hire for the film, Nicole Arbour, ended up in a social media firestorm with an insensitive YouTube video titled “Dear
The comedian and YouTube star appeared on The View on Wednesday, stating that the video was actually meant to be offensive.
"That video was made to offend people, just the way I do with all my other videos," Arbour said on the show. "It's just satire, it's just being silly. I'm just having a bit of fun, and that's what we did."
"That topic was actually voted in by fans, some of whom are fat," she continued. "They're like, 'You can't
This week Arbour was at the center of media storm after her YouTube video, "Dear Fat People," exploded online and exposed her views on overweight individuals.
After watching Nicole's video, here is Pat Mills statement:
My name is Pat Mills. I am a Toronto-based filmmaker in pre-production on my second feature film. It's a body-positive teen dance movie set in a retirement home. It's about a sixteen 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. The title is "Don't Talk to Irene." We are scheduled to shoot next month.
I've been developing the script for several years. I am excited to shoot this - and the message is important to me. I'm gay. I was bullied a lot as a kid. I wore purple jogging pants every day during the seventh grade - you can imagine what that did to my social life. I am no stranger to ridicule and loneliness. It's made me a sensitive storyteller, but it also developed my sense of humour. And now I make comedy movies set in high school. I guess I never got over high school. Every filmmaker has an obsession, right?
"Don't Talk to Irene" is 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. She even 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 favourite dance scenes and talk ideas. And then a crazy thing happened on Saturday - I saw something on the internet that made me never want to see her again. Her name is Nicole Arbour.
I was randomly checking Facebook and a comment on a video popped up. The video is called "Dear Fat People" - it's an unfunny and cruel fat-shaming video that guises itself about being about "health." 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. I'm tired of body shaming. It's everywhere. This nice choreographer I met turned out to be the reason I wrote this movie. Her video added an offensive twist to the development of this film. I was shocked.
It's very odd that we live in a world now where people post their opinions on YouTube (to get views), but they cannot say these opinions to our faces. My film celebrates being different. It celebrates not fitting in. I want to arm teen girls of all sizes with confidence. People like Nicole Arbour strip this confidence away. She knew what my movie was about. Why couldn't she express these opinions to my face? I guess talking the old fashioned way won't get you internet-famous.
I've learned that the people who shame fat people hiding under an excuse that it's about their "health" are the same people who ridicule them when they see them working out at the gym.
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.
On behalf of all of us who have been bullied and have a taste for comedy that doesn't make people feel shitty about themselves, "Fat shaming" is very much a thing. It's just as real as not getting a job because of your hateful opinions that you call "comedy." We will not be working together.
You are not hired for "Don't Talk to Irene."
- Pat Mills
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The model, 29, addressed the controversial video in an interview with People Now on Thursday, and said the disgraced social media personality was not only being "mean unnecessarily," but also helped perpetuate the very negativity she claimed doesn't exist.
"Yes, Nicole, there is such a thing as fat-shaming," Chrissy said, "and you're doing it right now."
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Nicole posted the six-minute clip to her YouTube page on Sept. 3 and immediately ignited an outcry with such remarks as, ...
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