James Corden is taking on fellow comedian Bill Maher after the host of HBO’s “Real Time” encouraged fat-shaming on his show.
“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,” Corden said Thursday night on his show.
The situation started after Maher recently went on a diatribe on “Real Time” about how fat-shaming should not end.
“Fat-shaming doesn't need to end it needs to make a comeback. 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. It goads people into doing better,” he said.
Corden took Maher’s words personally.
“Fat-shaming never went anywhere,” he said. “I mean, ask literally any fat person – we are literally reminded of it all the time – on airplanes, on Instagram, when someone leaves a pie on the windowsill to cool and they give us a look like, 'Don’t you dare.'”
Corden walked a fine line between humor and outrage as he slammed Maher’s rhetoric.
“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,” the “Late Late Show” host added. “If making fun of fat people made them lose weight, there'd be no fat kids in school and I’d have a six pack by now.”
Corden also had a final zinger.
“Bill, please hear me when I say this. When you're encouraging people to think about what goes into their mouths, think a little harder about what comes out of yours,” he said.