James Corden Responds to Bill Maher’s Fat Shaming Take


>>James: IT CERTAINLY IS. NOW I WANT IT TALK TO YOU ABOUT
SOMETHING. LAST WEEK I WAS WATCHING THE
TELEVISION AND BILL MAHER SAT AT A HOST DESK LIKE THIS ONE. HE LOOKED INTO THE CAMERA LIKE I
AM DOING NOW AND HE TALKED ON HIS SHOW ABOUT FAT SHAMING. AND HE ARGUED THAT IT HAD GONE
AWAY AND NEEDED TO MAKE A COMEBACK. TAKE A LOOK.>>BEING FAT ISN’T A BIRTH
DEFECT. NOBODY COMES OUT OF THE WOMB
NEEDING TO BUY TWO SEATS ON THE AIRPLANE. WE HAVE TBON TO THIS WEIRD PLACE
WHERE FAT IS GOOD. IT IS POINTING OUT THAT FAT IS
UNWEALTHY. THAT IS WHAT IS SAD. FAT SHAMING DOESN’T NEED TO END. IT NEEDS TO MAKE A COMEBACK.>>Jame SO I SAT AT HOME AND. I’M WATCHING THIS AND ALL OF I
COULD THINK OF, I WAS LIKE OH MAN, SOMEBODY NEEDS TO SAY
SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. IF ONLY THERE WAS SOMEONE WITH A
PLATFORM WHO KNEW WHAT IT WAS ACTUALLY LIKE TO BE OVERWEIGHT
AND THEN I REALIZED, OH, THAT WILL BE ME. (LAUGHTER)
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).>>James: OH NO. NOW, HERE IS THE THING. I ACTUALLY HAVE A LOT IN COMMON
WITH BILL MAHER, I DO. WE BOTH SHOOT OUR SHOWS HERE IN
THE SAME BUILDING. WE BOTH HOST THE SECOND MOST
POPULAR TALK SHOWS ON OUR NETWORK. AND WE BOTH KNOW THAT WE HAVE
QUESTIONABLE CHOICES IN OUR FILM KAER RADIOS, BILL WAS IN A MOVIE
CALL THE KAL I BELL WOMEN IN THE AVOCADO JUNGLE OF DEATH WHICH IS
ABOUT, TRUE, ABOUT AN ALL-FEMALE TRIBE OF CANNIBALISTIC AVOCADO
FARMERS. AND I APPEARED IN THE CLASSIC
FILM THE LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS. WHICH IS ABOUT LESBIAN VAMPIRE
KILLERS. NO, DON’T YOU DARE CLAP IT, NO. IT IS EXACTLY AS BAD AS YOU
THINK IT IS. (LAUGHTER)
I GOT TO SAY, RIGHT, THAT ANY TIME I HAVE MET BILL MAHER IN
PERSON, HE HAS BEEN POG BUT ME SANT AND KIND AND NICE, WHICH IS
WHY I FOUND IT SO SURPRISING THAT HE OR ANYBODY THINKS THAT
FAT SHAMING NEEDS TO MAKE A COME BACK. BECAUSE FAT SHAMING NEVER WENT
ANYWHERE. I MEAN ASK LIT REALLILY ANY FAT
PERSON. WE ARE REMINDED OF IT ALL THE
TIME ON AIRPLANES, ON INSTAGRAM, WHEN SOMEONE LEAVES A PIE ON THE
WINDOW SILL TO COOL AND THEY GIVE US A LOOK LIKE, DON’T,
DON’T YOU DARE. (LAUGHTER)
NOW THERE IS A COMMON AND INSULTING MISCONCEPTION THAT FAT
PEOPLE ARE STUPID AND LAZY AND WE’RE NOT. LIKE 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, RIGHT. I HAVE HAD GOOD DAYS AND BAD
MONTHS. (LAUGHTER)
I’M BASICALLY BEEN OFF AND ON DIETS SINCE AS LONG AS CAN
REMEMBER. AND, WELL, THIS IS HOW IT IS
GOING. RIGHT? BUT WE’RE NOT —
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).>>James: HERE’S THE THING. WE’RE NOT ALL AS LUCKY AS BILL
MAHER, YOU SNOW. WE DON’T ALL HAVE A SENSE OF
SUPERYORITY THAT BURNS 35,000 CALORIES A DAY, RIGHT? I KID BECAUSE I LOVE. BILL, I SINCERELY BELIEVE THAT
WHAT YOU THINK YOU ARE OFFERING HERE IS TOUGH LOVE. AND YOU’RE JUST TRYING TO HELP
BY NOT SUGAR COATING REALITY FOR FAT PEOPLE, EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW
HOW MUCH FAT PEOPLE LOVE SUGAR COATING THINGS. RIGHT? BUT THE TRUTH IS, YOU’RE WORKING
AGAINST YOUR OWN CAUSE. IT’S PROVEN THAT FAT SHAMING
ONLY DOES ONE THING. IT MAKES PEOPLE FEEL ASHAMED AND
SHAME LEADS TO DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND SELF-DESTRUCTIVE
BEHAVIOR. SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR LIKE
OVEREATING. WHEN I WATCHED THAT CLIP, I GOT
UP, WALKED TO THE FREEZER AND GRABBED A PINT OF ICE CREAM. (LAUGHTER)
I’M KIDDING, I WAS ALREADY HALFWAY THROUGH THE PINT WHEN I
STARTED WATCHING. BUT BILL MAY HE MADE MEINISH
IT, HE MIGHT HAVE DONE. AND THIS TERM, WE’RE USING THIS
TERM, USING THIS TERM FAT SHAMING. WE HAVE COME UP WITH A NAME FOR
IT LET’S BE HONEST. FAT SHAMING IS JUST BULLYING. THAT IS WHAT ST.
IT’S BULLYING. (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
AND BULLYING ONLY MAKES THE PROBLEM WORSE. OKAY? I DON’T THINK STUFF LIKE THIS IS
GOING TO SOLVE THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC.>>IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT BEING
ABLE TO SEE A DOCTOR, IT’S ALSO ABOUT BEING ABLE TO SEE YOUR
[BLEEP]>>James: BELIEVE ME, I CAN
SEE A DICK. (LAUGHTER)
NOW LOOK, NOW LOOK, BILL MAHER MAKES SOME INTERESTING POINTS IF
YOU GO BACK AND WATCH IT ALL. BUT THERE IS A LOT THAT HE GOT
WRONG IN THIS PIECE, INCLUDING MAKING THE CLAIM THAT EUROPE
DOESN’T REALLY HAVE FAT PEOPLE.>>EUROPE DOESN’T LOOK LIKE
THIS, BECAUSE EUROPE’S NOT ONLY EATING FOR TWO.>>James: YOUR HONOR, I WOULD
LIKE TO PRESENT EXHIBIT A. (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
NOW I KNOW, I KNOW THAT BRITAIN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH
EUROPE IS STRAINED RIGHT NOW, BUT I LIVED THERE FOR 37 YEARS,
AND TRUST ME, THERE ARE FAT PEOPLE IN EUROPE, MAYBE NOT AS
MANY, AS IN AMERICA. BUT THE REASONS FOR THAT ARE
COMPLEX. IN FACT, THIS ENTIRE ISSUE IS A
LOT MORE COMPLEX THAN HE’S MAKING IT OUT TO BE. NOW BILL IS RIGHT ABOUT ONE
THING. HE REALLY, REALLY IS. THIS IS A HEALTH PROBLEM. IT IS AN ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE
DISCUSSED CLEARLY AND HONESTLY. IT’S AN EPIDEMIC AND WHEN YOU
LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, IT IS TERRIFYING. THERE ARE NUMEROUS REASONS WHY
PEOPLE LIVE THEIR LIVES AT AN UNHEALTHY WEIGHT, JUNK FOOD,
PORTION CONTROL, A LACK OF EXERCISE, THESE ARE ALL MAJOR
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS. BUT POVERTY IS ALSO AN ISSUE. A STUDY CONDUCTED BY THE
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HEALTH SYSTEM FOUND THAT CHILDHOOD
OBESITY IS DIRECTLY LINKED TO POVERTY. BUT, FUN FACT, IF YOU SHAME
OBESE CHILDREN, WHOLE FOODS WILL GIVE THEM FREE SALADS. LAUGH LAUGH I’M KIDDING, THAT IS
NOT HOW WHOLE FOODS WORKS. SOMETIMES GENETIC PLAYS A ROLE. YOU KNOW, THERE IS A MOLECULAR
GENET TYES NAMED JEFFREY FRIEDMAN WHO DISCOVERED A
HORMONE CALLED LEPTIN. DEFECTS IN THE LEPTIN GENE ARE
LINKED DIRECTLY TO OBESITY, THEY ARE. HERE IS A FUN FACT. IF YOU SHAME THE GENE IT
ACTUALLY FIXES IT SELF, I’M KIDDING, THAT IS NOT HOW SCIENCE
WORKS. A LACK OF SHAME IS NOT THE ISSUE
HERE. IT IS MAKING FUN OF FAT PEOPLE
MADE THEM LOSE WEIGHT THERE WOULD BE NO FAT KIDS IN SCHOOLS
AND I WOULD HAVE A SIX PACK BY NOW, RIGHT? (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
UNTIL WE MAKE HALEY FOOD AND HEALTH CARE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND
WE PROPERLY EDUCATE PEOPLE ON NUTRITION AND EXERCISE, MAYBE WE
CAN HOLD BACK ON THE WHOLE CALL FAT PEOPLE– UNTIL THEY LOSE
WEIGHT STRATEGY. I BELIEVE BILL’S HEART IS IN THE
RIGHT PLACE AND I TRULY LIKE THAT HE CARES ABOUT THE
CONDITION OF MY HEA, AND I WILL. I WILL KEEP TRYING. ALL THE TIME, I AM AWARE TODAY
THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A STRUGGLE THAT I WILL FACE FOR
THE REST OF MY LIFE, RIGHT. SO IN THE MEAN TIME, BILL,
PLEASE HEAR ME WHEN I SAY THIS, WHILE YOU ARE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE
TO THINK ABOUT WHAT GOES INTO THEIR MOUTHS, JUST THINK A
LITTLE HARDER ABOUT WHAT COMES OUT OF YOURS. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)