Bill Maher decided to make fun of fat people on his late-night show and claimed a little bit of shaming may be good for people, but James Corden hammered him for it, in the perfect way.
The host of “The Late Late Show” used his platform to criticize Maher’s statements that suggested were should do more to fight the obesity epidemic and stop celebrating that America is overweight.
— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) September 13, 2019
“Fat-shaming doesn’t need to end; it needs to make a comeback,” Maher said. “Some amount of shame is good.”
So Corden, decided to address the comments and slammed his counter-part for saying something that could be harmful.
“There’s a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy and we’re not,” Corden said. “We get it, we know. We know that being overweight isn’t good for us and I’ve struggled my entire life trying to manage my weight and I suck at it.”
“Fat-shaming is just bullying,” he said into the camera… “and bullying only makes the problem worse.”
Thank you so much for saying what needed to be said to @billmaher You were a bit more polite and gracious than Bill deserved after what I consider was hate speech directed toward the overweight. I just wish pomposity was as fattening as French fries. He’d weigh a ton.
— JLiss (@Mimzymomma) September 14, 2019
Fans are taking to Twitter to support the talk show host and jump on the bandwagon of calling out Maher.
“You were a bit more polite and gracious than Bill deserved after what I consider was hate speech directed toward the overweight. I just wish pomposity was as fattening as French fries. He’d weigh a ton,” one fan tweeted.
People also supported Corden’s point that shaming doesn’t actually ever work, and being skinny isn’t always a sign of good health.
“Kinda broke into tears by the end of this. He’s right. I get compliments all the time about how I’ve lost weight & look great…& I’m dying of advanced Crohn’s Disease & going thru chemo. Thinner doesn’t automatically mean we’re happier or healthier,” one person reminded.
Corden used the time to tossed a few barbs in Maher’s direction “We’re not all as lucky as Bill Maher. We don’t all have a sense of superiority that burns 35,000 calories a day,” James said with a smile on his face.
Maher has yet to respond to the outpouring of support of Corden.