Late-night talk show host James Corden took issue with comments from host Bill Maher on the need to ‘bring back’ fat-shaming.
Is fat-shaming something the world needs more of? The answer depends on whom you ask.
Late, Late Show host James Corden blasted Bill Maher for suggesting that it needs to make a comeback.
Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time, said the practice of ridiculing people for being overweight needs to return.
“In August, 53 Americans died from mass shootings. Terrible right? Do you know how many died from obesity? Forty thousand. … Some amount of shame is good. We shamed people out of smoking and into wearing seat belts. We shamed them out of littering and most of them out of racism. Shame is the first step in reform.”
In a clip I saw broadcast on Monday afternoon, he went on:
“Being fat isn’t a birth defect. No one comes out of the womb needing to buy two seats on the airplane. We have gone to this weird place where fat is good.”
Fat is good? As someone who’s been called “fat” since about fifth grade, I have never seen any such place.
I can’t imagine where Maher goes in his off-time.
The reaction, as you can imagine, came quickly.
Meghan McCain rebutted Maher’s comments, saying she’s fat-shamed every day.
“Every day someone on Twitter’s like, you’re too fat to be on The View,” she said.
“As somebody who has struggled with his weight all of my adult life and my childhood, and who had been bullied and fat-shamed if you will, even though we didn’t have that term then, it scars people,” he said.
But Corden delivered the best response.
“I was watching and I was like, ‘Oh man, someone needs to say something about this,’” Corden said on his own show last week. “‘If only there was someone with a platform who actually knew what it was like to be overweight,’ and then I was like, ‘Ah, that’ll be me.’”
Watch the clip from Corden’s show here:
Being overweight isn’t healthy. I don’t think anyone actually needs to be reminded of this.
Being bullied isn’t necessary, either, however.
Fat-shaming doesn’t need to make a comeback. If you’re earnestly concerned about people you see as fat, kindness might get their attention faster.
Walk a mile in a fat person’s shoes before you make assumptions.