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Fat-Shaming Comedian Gets Serious Blowback

After comedian and YouTube personality Nicole Arbour posted a video online calling out and shaming overweight men and women, she had the tables turned by another famous face.

In her video "Dear Fat People," Arbour asserts that "fat-shaming isn't a thing," and that the term is something "fat people" made up.

She then goes on to compare obese people to Frankenstein's monster and speed-challenged zombies.

While Arbour's video has so far received more than 20 million views on Facebook and more than 1.3 million views on YouTube, the backlash has been swift and precise.

Whitney Way Thore, who stars on TLC reality show "My Big Fat Fabulous Life" and launched the "No Body Shame" campaign, had a few things to say to Arbour in her own video.

Thore says fat-shaming is most certainly a "thing." In fact, 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."

Arbour also brought up health issues and rhetorically asked if people would consider it fat-shaming if a doctor diagnosed an overweight person with heart disease.

Thore was ready for that, too.

"Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression—these are illnesses that affect millions of people worldwide from skinny to fat and everything in between," Thore counters.

Thore, whose TLC show kicks off its second season on Sept. 9, took the high road on her Facebook page, writing that she was happy that more than 8 million Facebook followers had "heard this message of positivity."

"Shame almost killed me — faster than my body ever will," Thore writes. "Remember: You are loved. [Y]ou are worthy. A number, whether on a scale or on a measuring tape, cannot quantify the value that you have."

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