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Nicole Arbour's 'Dear Fat People' Video Costs Her Potential Job: Director

09/10/2015 05:44 EDT | Updated 09/10/2015 09:59 EDT

YouTube comedian Nicole Arbour's "Dear Fat People" video has drawn a round of condemnation on the Internet.

It has also led to her losing out on a job.

The Canadian YouTuber has been removed as a choreographer on anti-bullying film "Don't Talk to Irene" after Toronto-based director Pat Mills saw the "fat-shaming" video over Labour Day weekend.

"Don't Talk to Irene" tells the story of an overweight high school student who is suspended from school and has to spend two weeks doing community service at a retirement home.

With dreams of being a cheerleader, Irene gathers a group of seniors to perform on "Dance Crew," a reality show. But bullies nevertheless try to thwart her plans ... and her dreams.

Mills hoped to hire Arbour, who had previously directed the Toronto Argonauts cheerleaders, to choreograph the movie's dance scenes.

She had read the script and was enthusiastic about it, he said.

Mills was looking forward to meeting and discussing the project with Arbour this week, and eventually hiring her. But when he saw "Dear Fat People," he knew he couldn't have her on the project.

"I felt like I had been lied to," Mills told the Huffington Post Canada. "(The video) went against everything my script did, and I found it so offensive on just a typical, how you treat other people, other human beings, on that level."

Mills, who is gay, was bullied in high school, and his film is a body-positive movie about a girl who learns that she "doesn't have to change anything about herself to be awesome because she already is," he said in a statement.

He initially thought that a bully character he wrote for his film was too over the top. Now that he's seen Arbour's video, he doesn't feel that way anymore.

"Don't Talk to Irene" is set to start shooting next month. And Mills isn't worried about finding a new choreographer.

"A bully on set is a parasite," he said.

Arbour tweeted the following on Thursday.

She told The Huffington Post Canada in an email, "I have never formally been attached to this project. We had spoken of it, and last I heard the team was doing a re-write.

"Pat Mills is using my YouTube story as a reason to get a low budget film that has not yet even started production press."

CORRECTION: An earlier headline on this story stated that Nicole Arbour was fired from her job. She was never actually hired for the job, but later lost out on it after the release of the "Dear Fat People" video.

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