James Corden has gone in on Bill Maher after he called for fat-shaming to make a comeback.
During a segment on the HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher, the 63-year-old addressed the obesity epidemic and told viewers ‘some amount of shame is good.’
However, this didn’t sit well with James, along with many other fans watching at home, and so he decided to call out the American comedian on The Late Late Show.
Before getting started on his rant, the Peter Rabbit star shared a clip of Bill talking about over-weight people.
He said: ‘Being fat isn’t a birth defect. Nobody comes out of the womb needing to buy two seats on the airplane.
‘Fat shaming doesn’t need to end it needs to make a comeback. Some amount of shame is good.’
Staring at the audience, James scratched his chin at the short video trying to muster up the energy for his rage.
‘So I’m sat at home watching this thinking, “oh man, someone needs to say something about this, if only there was someone with a platform who knew what it was actually like to be overweight…”’
He paused for a moment: ‘And then I realised, that would be me.’
After making a number of sly digs at both of their ratings and movie roles, the 41-year-old continued his spiel.
‘Fat-shaming never went anywhere,’ he explained: ‘Ask literally any fat person, we are reminded of it all the time on airplane, on Instagram, when someone leaves a pie on the windowsill to cool and they look at us.
‘There’s a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy and we’re not. We get it, we know.’
He added: ‘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.
‘I have had good days and bad months. I have basically been off and on diets since as long as I can remember, and well, this is how it’s going.’
James pointed to his body, which was received with a round of applause.
‘We’re not all as lucky as Bill Maher, you know,’ he laughed: ‘We don’t all have a sense of superiority that burns 35,000 calories a day.’ Burn.
Turning his attention to the real problem here, the much loved host added: ‘Fat-shaming only does one thing, it makes people feel ashamed, and shame leads to depression, anxiety and self-destructive behaviour like over eating.
‘Let’s be honest, fat-shaming is just bullying. And bullying only makes the problem worse.
‘If making fun of fat people made them lose weight, there’d be no fat kids in schools. And I’d have a six-pack right now.’
www8.sale-north-face.org have reached out to Bill’s reps for further comment.
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