There are trolls who troll for free and trolls who troll for attention that they can turn into money. That’s basically host and “comedian” Bill Maher’s career trajectory up until now. He’s gotten really good at delivering his opinion as though it’s fact in the smuggest possible tone. He was even a supporter of Milo Yiannopoulos, an alt-right racist who eventually got de-platformed on every major social media site.
But Maher had further depths to plumb. In a new segment on his show, Maher said it was time to bring back fat-shaming. Maher’s job is sitting in a chair, so he’s not exactly a model athlete. I guess he gets to make the call about who deserves to be harassed over their weight? Anyone slightly less in shape than himself is probably the measure.
“Some amount of shame is good,” Maher said, drooling over the hate attention he’d soon receive.
James Corden, host of the Late Late Show, did have a response, but he delivered it with mostly love. Usually, Corden stays away from heavier issues or any real opinions at all, but this hit close to home. He says he was watching Maher’s segment and wanted someone to talk about it—then realized the call was coming form inside the house.
In a long, sincere segment, Corden talked about how bullying has absolutely never done anything to change people’s bodies.
“If making fun of fat people made them lose weight, there’d be no fat kids in schools,” Corden said “And I’d have a six-pack right now.”
“Fat-shaming never went anywhere. Ask literally any fat person, we are reminded of it all the time,” he continued.
“There’s a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy and we’re not. 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.”
Corden also pointed out that not everyone has the money and access to healthy food that allows them to stay fit, and genetics have a huge roll in how someone looks. Plus, he added, “We’re not all as lucky as Bill Maher, you know, we don’t all have a sense of superiority that burns 35,000 calories a day.”
Other than that, he was pretty nice to Maher considering how not nice Maher is. Corden isn’t into being a bully.
“Let’s be honest, fat-shaming is just bullying. And bullying just makes the problem worse,” he said.
The only problem I’m seeing is Bill Maher.