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‘Dear Fat People’ comedian Nicole Arbour joins the Syrian refugee debate

Her stance may surprise you.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Nov 20, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 3:06 pm CDT

Nicole Arbour, the comedian who attracted fans and enemies with her thoughts on fat people and abortions, is now adding her voice to the debate over the Syrian refugee crisis.

With emotions running high following the Paris attacks—more than half of U.S. governors are refusing to accept Syrian refugees, the House of Representatives voted to block funding for them, and some politicians want to implement a religious test before letting them into the U.S.— Arbour was bound to attract criticism no matter what she said.

And attract criticism she does, in her typical fashion, while taking on some of the anti-refugee arguments she’s heard over the last week.

“There’s a really bad war going on, and it’s our job as human beings to help them as much as we can,” Arbour said. “If you breathe air, it’s your job to help other people.”

Screengrab via Nicole Arbour/YouTube

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*First Published: Nov 20, 2015, 12:48 pm CST