James Corden Calls Bill Maher's Fat-Shaming Comments 'Out of Touch With Actual People'

January 29, 2020

James Corden continues his crusade against fat-shaming.

The comedian and late-night talk show host may have delivered a nearly eight-minute long monologue responding to Bill Maher’s comments last year, but he still has a lot of thoughts on the topic.

On Monday, Corden told the New Yorker that Maher’s comments encouraging fat-shaming as a way to motivate overweight people were “out of touch with reality.”

In September, the "Real Time with Bill Maher" host said “fat isn’t a birth defect,” while informing his audience that “fat-shaming doesn’t need to end. It needs to make a comeback," per Forbes.

Maher added: "Nobody comes out of the womb needing to buy two seats on the airplane.

The “Cats” actor was upset with the rhetoric and used his platform on the “Late Late Show” to take a stand against Maher’s comments and explain why they’re problematic.

He told the New Yorker he worked on a rebuttal for “three days.”

"You cannot forget what most people’s lives are like,” he told the publication. "Maybe the only slice of joy in your life is that cheeseburger. And it’s cheap. There are no chubby kids at my son’s school, because it’s a private school on the West Side of L.A."

Corden added that the media's lack of representation of overweight people contributes to the negative narrative. He recalled all the times he wasn't cast for a major role but his thinner friends were.

"If someone came from another planet and put on the television, you would think that people who are big or overweight don’t have sex. They don’t fall in love. They’re friends of people who fall in love," he said.

"They’re probably not that bright, but they’re a good time, and they’re not as valuable as people who are really good-looking,” he added.

He admits that his role of gluttonous feline Bustopher Jones in “Cats” is a step in the right direction because he's "reveling" in his weight.

"He’s going, ‘I’m the greatest! I’m big and I’m fat and I live the best life! I eat everything! It’s incredible," he admitted.

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