Jtube: The Late Late Show with James Corden: Fat Shaming

What's wrong with fat-shaming?

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Comments (8)

(6) Anonymous, October 4, 2019 1:49 AM

Love his last line!

Yes, we should all be as careful with what comes out of our mouths as we (presume or pretend) to be about what we put in. Whether it is health food, vegan choices or -completely different plane- kashrus, we give more thought to what we eat than to whom we consume with our inconsiderate, even hurtful, remarks.
I think a similar thought was attributed to the Chofetz Chaim, so he is in really good company ;)

(5) Chasya, October 4, 2019 1:44 AM

Does he care about their health, or about their impact on himself?

We do not engage in smoke-shaming; we simply pass laws keeping smokers from infringing on others' right to breathe clean air. So we establish smoke-free areas in hotels and other public venues, or set up 'smoke stations' outside office buildings. In their own homes, smokers are free to indulge (and harm) themselves.
An obese person should not be shamed for his obesity, but certainly s/he should not be allowed to ooze out of the one seat they paid for on the plane and infringe on the space of another passenger. That is not shaming; that is simple economics: you get only what you paid for and no more.
It should also be seen as basic manners/etiquette: Don't bother others . Don't expect others to accept being bumped into in the narrow aisles of an airplane, or being squeezed into half the space of their own seat, simply because you cannot fit into the space allotted to you. And that is NOT fat-shaming; that is simply logic.

Nancy, October 4, 2019 11:59 AM

To commenter #5 Chasya

I understand your point. However, there are two things to consider here. First, Bill Maher can well afford to charter a private plane when HE travels. He personally does not need to worry about anyone else taking up his personal space. Second, an obese person is well aware of his/her size. How will shaming them make any difference? Answer, it will not. I am personally acquainted with someone who weighs over 500 lbs. and no, I would not want to be crowded out of my seat on a plane. However, I can't force her to pay for 2 seats. What I CAN do is what James Corden so eloquently suggests. Watch what comes out of my mouth as well as what goes into it.

(4) Anonymous, October 2, 2019 11:28 PM

Well said with compassion

Yay James Cordon! You said it clearly,with compassion , without sarcasm or malice.

(3) Shelley from Montreal, October 2, 2019 6:34 PM

Loved this video

What a wonderful video. Really captures what overweight people go through on a daily basis, and in a gentle humorous way.

(2) David Levine, October 2, 2019 3:17 PM


I'm 20 lbs overweight but this conservative has to admit that Bill's right about this (as he is about Israel). It simply isn't healthy to be overweight and a macro "shaming" is fair. A micro talk should be made by a medical professional but the message needs to got out that it's unhealthy to be overweight. So, while I don't generally like Bill Maher i have to admit that he's right here.

Nancy, October 2, 2019 6:07 PM

To commenter #2 David Levine

So, here is my question for you. You believe Bill was right and you also mentioned being 20 lbs. overweight. Did his monologue motivate you to make any changes in this direction? You are certainly free to tell me to mind my own business!

(1) Nancy, October 2, 2019 11:34 AM

Oh, where do I even BEGIN?!

Bill Maher is nothing more than a smug, self righteous bully. People come in different shapes and sizes and being larger is not a crime. He is also wealthy enough to charter his own plane when traveling, so he really has no right to complain about that topic. James Corden's monologue was right on target and I sincerely hope Bill Maher was listening to it. There were two things that James Corden said, which truly resonated with me. The first statement he made was that he thought Maher was a nice guy. In the words of Stephen Sondheim, nice does not mean good. The second statement was the concluding one. Yes indeed. While we watch what goes into our mouths, Maher should truly watch what comes out of his. Go James!!


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