Fat Shaming is Just Bullying

I spend a fair amount of time calling out situations of weight bias, by health care providers, the media, celebrities. Well, this is one of those situations where I want to make sure I give a shout out when something positive happens. And this one, I’ll gladly link you to.

I just posted about the hateful diatribe by Bill Maher on his HBO show, well James Corden of the Late Late Show came out with this wonderful response. Please watch it in it’s entirety. He does sprinkle some humor, even self-deprecating humor, here and there. I can’t really fault him for that, he’s a comedian. But he makes many great points while doing so.

James does talk about how he knows Bill, and believes he is a good person and that this came from a place of good intentions. But he holds his feet to the fire. There’s a couple lines that I particularly liked hearing him share, the first, I used for the title of this post, “Fat shaming is just bullying”. And a minor spoiler alert as the second is one closes out his response with…

While you’re encouraging people to think about what goes into their mouths, just think a little harder about what comes out of yours.

Thank you James, I for one appreciate you speaking out.


Things continue to evolve as celebrities and media and more respond to Bill Maher's bullying rant. I will add additional updates and resources as I come across them.

Sep 6: The original clip airs
Sep 7: Insider posts an article about some of his history of other hateful comments and some of the Twitter follow up. 
Sep 11: James Corden responds on the Late Late Show. The clip on YouTube is approaching 2 million views in just 3 days since it was posted.
Sep 12: The Obesity Action Coalition publishes an open letter to HBO regarding Bill Maher's comments.
Sep 13: I post a thank you to James Corden for his thoughtful response, on Twitter invite him to join OAC for our national convention next year in Vegas.
Sep 14: Newsweek posts an article about some of the various celebrity and media personality responses
Sep 15: The OAC posts an article What You Really Need to Know About Bill Maher's Fat Shaming Comments 
Sep 15: Forbes.com posts an article dispelling much of what Maher claimed about shaming and obesity.
Sep 16: Good Morning Britain has a debate on the issue where Piers Morgan and Danni Levy toss out made up stats on how fat shaming works.

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