James Corden is going viral for a new body-positive segment in which he called out a fellow talk show host for fat-shaming.
"Fat isn't a birth defect," Maher said on the program last Friday. "Nobody comes out of the womb needing to buy two seats on the airplane. Fat-shaming doesn’t need to end. It needs to make a comeback."
Corden told his audience he saw the segment and realized "Somebody needs to say something about this," so he decided to speak out.
"Fat-shaming never went anywhere. Ask literally any fat person, we are reminded of it all the time," Corden said.
— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) September 13, 2019
The "Carpool Karaoke" star went on to address Maher's claim that "some amount of shame is good," questioning the effectiveness of "bullying" people into changing their bodies.
"If making fun of fat people made them lose weight, there'd be no fat kids in schools," Corden said. “And I'd have a six-pack right now."
Corden told viewers he'd always struggled with his weight. The 41-year-old added that he's been on and off of diets for as long as his entire career.
"There's a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy, and we're not. We get it, we know," he said Thursday. "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."
Bill Maher has stirred controversy on other topics. Last month, he said on his show he was "glad" that conservative businessman David Koch was dead, adding that he hoped "the end was painful."
He's also been locked in a feud with Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who recently suggested that people boycott his show.
Maybe folks should boycott his show.
I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn't work then and it won't now. https://t.co/Oa49ZVfrVN
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 17, 2019
Corden didn't call for a boycott, but he didn't hold back on Maher either. First, he joked about ratings troubles facing both of their shows, but then his shots got more personal.
"We're not all as lucky as Bill Maher, you know, we don't all have a sense of superiority that burns 35,000 calories a day," Corden said.
"While you're encouraging people to think about what goes into their mouths, just think a little harder about what comes out of yours," he added.
The segment resonated with a number of viewers, many of whom took to social media to share their support for Corden.
as someone who’s been & continues to be fat shamed, James Corden’s segment about it tonight was so important & honestly brought tears to my eyes. fat shaming has never went away, & it’s definitely not a method of trying to get someone to make a change they’re already aware of
— ✮ 𝓈𝓊𝓂 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒𝓈 𝒸𝒶𝓁 ✮ (@cakesunflower) September 13, 2019
Even if you don’t like Corden, he’s right and everyone should watch this. https://t.co/IsAk4epw4H
— 💁🏻🍾Marissa🏒👑 (@marissaRmilano) September 13, 2019
Corden’s composure, the sincere message leveraging on his own struggles.. this is touching. Well done, James. https://t.co/dNCLoaA1VA
— Brian Miguel (@BMiggy) September 13, 2019
Corden has hosted "The Late Late Show" since 2015, after taking over from Craig Ferguson. He also stars in such movies as "Trolls," "Peter Rabbit" and the upcoming "Cats" film.